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With important contributions of the Analytical, Environmental, and Atmospheric Chemistry Division (“ANYL”), the University of Colorado-Boulder was ranked #1 in Atmospheric science worldwide (2018 Shanghai Ranking).

We are one of the few Analytical Chemistry groups nationwide (and globally) with an Atmospheric Chemistry focus within a chemistry department. Our faculty perform cutting-edge research in the laboratory, in the field, and through computer simulations. Research topics include studies of trace gases and aerosols and their impact on climate, health and ecosystems, e.g. fundamental chemical mechanisms, emissions to the atmosphere from different sources, indoor air quality, planetary atmospheres, simulation chamber studies, applications of satellite data, and the development of new instrumentation. All faculty members in the ANYL Division are also Fellows of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a joint research institute between the University of Colorado and NOAA. Our division also has strong ties to the nearby National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Our unique position in Boulder offers incoming graduate students unparalleled opportunities for research in Atmospheric Chemistry.

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Faculty in this research area:

Steven Brown: Aircraft and ground-based field studies with a focus on nitrogen oxides, heterogeneous chemistry, and regional air quality. Laboratory studies in support of field observation interpretation, spectroscopy, and spectroscopic instrument development.

Eleanor Browne: Laboratory and field studies of organonitrogen and organosilicon chemistry, instrument development

Joost de Gouw: Laboratory and field studies of volatile organic compounds, processes affecting air quality and climate, instrument development, emissions related to energy production and use

Jose-Luis Jimenez: Aircraft and simulation chamber studies of aerosol composition and sources, advanced instrumentation development, computer modeling

Margaret Tolbert: Laboratory studies or particulate matter on Earth, Mars, and Titan

Rainer Volkamer: Lab and field measurements of radical and trace gases, air-sea exchange, agriculture, advanced optical in-situ and remote sensing instrumentation

Veronica Vaida: Spectroscopy and reactivity of atmospheric molecules and radicals

Paul Ziemann: Laboratory studies of the products, mechanisms, and kinetics of atmospheric oxidation of organic compounds and aerosol formation; and indoor air chemistry