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Research in Atmospheric Chemistry

Concern about acid rain, the greenhouse effect, photochemical smog, and threats to the ozone layer have made atmospheric chemistry one of the fastest growing research areas in chemistry. In response to an increased demand for active basic research in atmospheric chemistry in Canada. A range of scientific issues within the atmospheric chemistry field are been pursued encompassing the broad areas of chemical kinetics and photochemistry, analytical methods development, theoretical physical

Research Activities

  • Laboratory Studies of Atmospheric Processes
  • Chemical kinetics, photochemistry, and reaction mechanisms
  • Heterogeneous processes
  • Acid deposition studies
  • Atmospheric mutagenesis

Atmospheric Measurements

  • Development of ultra-trace analytical methods and instrumentation for quantitative determinations of organic and inorganic pollutants in urban and remote environments via: 
  • Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy and Other Optical Methods
  • Capillary Gas Chromatography and Gas Chromatography/Mass  Spectrometry
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Chemiluminescence Techniques
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Emission measurements from natural and anthropogenic sources
  • Field measurement programs to provide data for computer modelling of atmospheric chemistry and transport

Atmospheric Modelling

  • Development of comprehensive chemistry computer models with parameterized meteorology to investigate and evaluate our understanding of a variety of atmospheric chemical processes

Updated on December 7th, 2012.