Welcome to the website for the Laboratory for Air Quality Research (LAQR). The  laboratory is led by Dr. Shantanu Jathar, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Fossil-fueled energy drives the global economy (transportation, electricity, heating/cooling) but its use is associated with emissions of gaseous and particulate air pollutants. Air pollutants alter the Earth’s climate, impact ecosystems, cause adverse health effects, reduce visibility and lead to material degradation. For instance, greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane and tropospheric ozone have already warmed the planet by 1 degree C since the pre-industrial era while fine particles (aerosols) formed as a result of incomplete combustion have been linked to millions of premature deaths worldwide each year. At our laboratory we conduct experimental and modeling studies to probe the emissions and formation of air pollutants arising from energy sources and perform policy analysis to assess their societal impact. Click on the Research Overview and Projects tab to find more information about specific research areas and representative projects.

Open Positions

We are looking for motivated graduate and undergraduate students in Mechanical, Civil and Environmental, and Chemical Engineering to be part of our research group and to lead  experimental and/or modeling projects. If you are passionate about sustainability and the environment, are interested in scientific research and are looking for challenging opportunities, please email Shantanu.Jathar<at>colostate.edu to inquire about open positions. In the email, please write a short biography and describe previous hands-on experience and/or familiarity with computer programming.