Grassian Research Group
The Grassian group is involved in several research areas including surface chemistry of environmental interfaces, heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, climate impact of atmospheric aerosols, and environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
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This website describes the ongoing research projects in the Grassian laboratory as well as some of the state-of-the-art techniques that we use in our research. In general, we are interested in fundamental molecular-based laboratory studies that provide a better molecular understanding of the surface chemistry of complex environmental interfaces. Several ongoing projects include understanding the molecular level details of the heterogeneous chemistry of trace gases with particulate matter such as mineral dust in the atmosphere, dissolution and mobilization of Fe-containing particles, optical properties of atmospheric aerosol and applications and implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology in environmental processes. The Grassian group applies the techniques and methods of surface science, aerosol science, microscopy and spectroscopy to study these problems. As you peruse this website, if you have any questions about our research please contact any of the group members.
- July 2 – Grassian group welcomes graduate student Stephanie Mora Garcia and undergraduate student Sabrina Calzada, both will be doing research this summer in the Grassian lab.
- June 25 – Grassian group welcomes summer undergraduate researchers Karla F. Alonso and Vanessa Olvera-Castro from ENLACE program and Rafael De La Zerda and Heidi Busse from CAICE REU program
- June 16 – Our heartfelt congratulations to Cynthia and Dillon on graduating from UC San Diego this weekend. It was great fun going out to dinner with you at BJs – a Grassian group tradition started last year with Luke. We wish both all the best!!!
- Mineral dust and its impact on global process including climate and ocean biogeochemical cycles – the role of chemistry
- FTIR extinction spectroscopy of mineral dust aerosol and brown carbon– Mie calculation versus experimental spectra and implications for remote sensing data
- Surface science of environmental interfaces (oxides and carbonates)
- Heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry of metal-containing anthropogenic dusts – fly ash to engineered nanomaterials
- Sea spray aerosol
- Environmental remediation, sesquestration and decontamination with nanomaterials (e.g. carbon dioxide storage and conversion)
- Nanoparticle Fe as a reactive constituent in air, water and soil
- Impact of manufactured nanomaterials (metals and metal oxides) on the environment
- Impact of manufactured nanomaterials (metals and metal oxides) on human health (nanotoxicity)
- HONO in Indoor Air Environments: Role of Surfaces and Light
- Deposition of Organic Films and Particles on Indoor Air Surfaces
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Professor Vicki Grassian gave an amazing TEDx talk on the air we breath. Curious? Then watch the full video below!