This fall we are lucky to have two wonderful new graduate students join the group: Alessia Colussi and Lindy Carmichael. Welcome!
Cora was in Washington DC this week to present at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Chemistry in Indoor Environments Symposium. She discussed several projects from the group, including work by current and former students Daniel, Heidi, Kat, and Devon. More information about the symposium can be found here.
Cora was in San Diego earlier this week at the American Chemical Society Fall Meeting where she was honoured as one of the Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Talented 12 Class of 2019. See the article in C&EN here.
Jessica attended the Tri-Conference on Mass Spectrometry held in Sherbrooke, Quebec in early August. She presented her work on emerging mass spec-based analytical techniques for the detection of perfluoroalkyl substances.
Lisa started her 3-month participation in the FIREX-AQ campaign last week. She will be making measurements from the Twin Otter aircraft (“Chem Otter”) to better understand brown carbon produced from wildfires. She will be working closely with collaborators from NOAA and the University of Colorado. Lisa will be spending ~6 weeks in Boulder, CO preparing the measurement system before travelling to Boise, ID to undertake the research flights. Her trip is being funded through a Mitacs Globalink Award. Good luck Lisa!
Devon gave a presentation at the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition earlier this month in Quebec City. He discussed his novel materials to denoxify HONO and was awarded best graduate oral presentation in the Environment Division. Congratulations Devon!
The Halifax Fog and Air Quality Study (HaliFAQS) began recently at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. This project is a collaboration with the research groups of Aldona Wiacek (SMU) and Rachel Chang (Dalhousie) aimed at better understanding the role of ocean-atmosphere exchange on air quality and fog formation. Alex and Teles are heading our group’s contribution with several gas and aerosol phase measurements.Looking forward to seeing the results!
The group is pleased to welcome Lisa Azzarello as an MSc student! Lisa joined the group as an undergraduate student and is back with us for an MSc, where she will be examining the chemical composition of aerosols and the impact on climate. Lisa was also recently awarded a Mitacs Globalink Research Award that will take her to Colorado and Idaho this summer/fall to participate in the FIREX-AQ field campaign with collaborators at the University of Colorado and NOAA. Congratulations and welcome back!
Welcome to our new postdoc, Alex Moravek! Alex did a PhD at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and more recently has been working at the University of Toronto. Alex brings expertise in measurement of reactive gases and biosphere-atmosphere exchange. We are excited to have him join the team.
As the year winds to a close, the group visited Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks where we learned about their extensive routine monitoring and emergency response capabilities. Special thanks to fantastic tour guides, ministry scientists Nick Karellas, Rob Healy, and John Wang.