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.
Air pollution, coupled with climate change, is one of the most important environmental problems of the 21st century. At LAQR, we use laboratory experiments, field measurements, and numerical modeling to study the sources, transformation, fate, and properties of gas- and particle-phase air pollutants from anthropogenic and natural sources. The scientific advances at LAQR aim to improve regional and global estimates of the air pollution burden and to aid in the design and implementation of technology and policy interventions that mitigate the adverse impacts of air pollutants on air quality, climate, and public health. Click on the Research Overview and Projects tab to find more information about specific research areas and representative projects.
LAQR has received more than $1.2 million in primary research funding through NOAA, DOE, EPA, and the state of Colorado and an additional $2 million as a collaborating group through EPA, NSF, and NASA. We have published close to 50 publications in journals including Science, Nature, and PNAS.
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 laboratory, field, and 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.