Two theses defended in under a week! Congrats Abril and Sailaja!

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 and Yu visit from NIES

nies_dec2016Ying 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).

Studying aerosols at the Fire Laboratory


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.

Conference time!

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)

Ying Li visiting from NIES


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.

LAQR outing to Horsetooth!

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The LAQR group spent an afternoon away from their computers, carts and chambers to hike up to the Horsetooth Rock! The Horsetooth Rock is a popular landmark in Fort Collins and at 7,255 feet offers stunning views of the Front Range plains to the east and Rockies to the west. Here is a link to the hike we did: