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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado at Boulder
Voice: 303 492-8603
Fax: 303 492-0439
Lab: 303 492-5406

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Professor G. Barney ELLISON

Barney Ellison is an experimental organic chemist at the University of Colorado. He teaches undergraduate courses in Freshman Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and a seminar in Valence for Graduate Students.

His research program is centered on the chemical physics of organic molecules. By using photoelectron spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and matrix-isolation infrared spectroscopy, Ellison seeks to characterize the electronic and vibrational spectroscopy of organic ions and radicals and to establish their absolute energetics (bond dissociation energies and heats of formation).

Since 1999 Ellison has become interested in the chemistry and spectroscopy of organic aerosols. To understand the fundamental steps in the "atmospheric processing" of organic aerosols, he studies the oxidation of organic radicals and hydrocarbon films in a high-vacuum surface chamber. Non-linear laser spectroscopy (SHG and SFG) is being used to monitor the dynamics of surface-bound organic. The mechanism of oxidation of organic aerosols is studied in a flow tube reactor and an aerosol mass spectrometer.

Many of these experiments have resulted from collaborations with colleagues here at the University of Colorado, JILA, NOAA's Aeronomy Laboratory (Boulder, Colorado), NSF's National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, Colorado), DOE's National Renewal Energy Laboratory (NREL in Golden, CO), and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL in Richland, WA).


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