Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric Chemistry diagram

Atmospheric Chemistry entails the study of the chemical composition of and transformations in the atmosphere. It concerns both trace gases and particulate matter (PM), and encompasses all regions of the atmosphere, from remote, "clean" upper tropospheric regions to surface, urban, "polluted" regions. Topics range from the chemical composition of PM to its effects on climate, from the ozone layer to ozone as an air pollutant, and from man-made to naturally emitted volatile organic compounds (VOC) and their chemistry in the atmosphere. Research in this area can involve making laboratory and/or field measurements, analyzing data, and conducting computer simulations.

Faculty

Kenneth Bowman

Kenneth Bowman

David Bullock Harris Professor of Geosciences

Atmospheric dynamics, stratospheric ozone, climate dynamics, satellite meteorology

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Professor

Atmospheric aerosols, chemical and physical processes of aerosols

Xiaohong Liu

Xiaohong Liu

Professor

Aerosols, cloud microphysics, aerosol-cloud interactions, climate model development, and climate modeling

Timothy Logan

Timothy Logan

Assistant Professor

Director of the Houston Lightning Mapping Array Network

Aerosol-Cloud Interactions, Aerosol Chemistry, Biomass Burning Smoke, Atmospheric Electricity

Gunnar Schade

Gunnar Schade

Associate Professor

Trace gas biogeochemistry, air pollution, surface-atmosphere exchange

Renyi Zhang

Renyi Zhang

University Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences

Harold J. Haynes Chair in Geosciences

Kinetics and mechanisms of gas-phase and heterogeneous reactions, lab studies of properties of atmospheric aerosols, atmospheric measurements of trace gas species and aerosols, assessment of aerosol-cloud interaction, lightning chemistry