With the Fall semester just around the corner, the LAQRites took the morning off to hike up Greyrock Mountain in the Laramie Mountains: 8 miles out-and-back and 2500 feet of elevation gain! (Photo courtesy: Ben Platt)
Ben and Gabe are doing an internship this summer at LAQR. Ben is supported through the C2B2 (Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels) program and will work on quantifying secondary organic aerosol yields from next-generation drop-in gasoline substitutes. Gabe is supported through the CO-WY AMP (Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program and will work on studying the physical and optical properties of wildfire smoke particles.
Abril and Sailaja both defended their MS thesis recently and are soon off to greener pastures (Abril just accepted a position at Toyota to work on hybrid electric vehicles). Congratulations to both of them! Abril’s work investigated the use of neural network models to simulate fuel economy and emissions from hydraulic and electric hybrid vehicles. Sailaja’s work revolved around the development and use of semi-explicit chemistry and thermodynamic models to simulate the formation and composition of secondary organic aerosol from oxidation of diesel exhaust.
Ying Li and Yu Morino visited the LAQR group from the National Institute of Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Japan. They were in Fort Collins for a week to collaborate on a modeling effort to study the importance of oligomerization for alpha-pinene SOA. Thanks for visiting Ying and Yu and we hope you come back (when it’s a little warmer).
Shantanu visited NCAR to meet with Alma Hodzic and present recent work from our laboratory at the ACOM seminar.
As part of a recently awarded grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the LAQR group deployed their environmental chamber to the Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, MT. Liam, Abril, Shantanu, and Shiva (at different times) spent the month of October with Aerodyne Research performing chamber experiments. As we write about this, Shiva is leading the final few days of experiments. (photo courtesy: Abril Galang). Click here for an NPR story on the Fire Laboratory.
Sailaja and Shantanu presented a total of 3 posters at the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Conference in Breckenridge, CO. Ali and Shantanu delivered two presentations and two posters at the American Association for Aerosol Research Conference in Portland, OR. Presentations and posters focused on recent findings on the photochemical production of secondary organic aerosol from diesel exhaust (one manuscript submitted and another in preparation), organic aerosol predictions from a regional air quality model and diesel sources as an anthropogenic source of atmospheric isocyanic acid. To top that off, Ali was awarded a $700 scholarship to cover travel costs to Portland, OR; a big congratulations! (Photo courtesy: Megan Jennings)
Dr. Ying Li – research scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Japan – visited our laboratory and Colorado State University this week. She presented her work at a seminar in Atmospheric Sciences and worked with Shantanu on developing a simplified version of the statistical oxidation model to study oligomer formation in chamber experiments.