Project Title: 

The Self-Assembly and Photochemistry of Prebiotic Aqueous Enclosures

Education Background:

California State University, Chico, B.S. in Chemistry, 2010

University of California, Irvine, M.S. Chemistry, 2014

University of California, Irvine, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016  



8. Blair, S. L.; Zambrzycki, S. C.; Li, A.; Ng, N. L.; Fernández, F. M. Aerosol Vacuum-assisted Plasma Ionization (Aero-VaPI) coupled to Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. Comm. Accepted, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s13361-017-1872-z. link

7. Tran, A; Williams, G; Younus, S; Ali, N; Blair, S. L.; Nizkorodov, S. A.; Al-Abadleh, H. A. Efficient formation of light-absorbing polymeric nanoparticles from the reaction of soluble Fe(III) with C4 and C6 dicarboxylic acids. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, 51 (17), 9700-9708. link

 6. Blair, S. L.; MacMillan, A. C.; Drozd, G. T.; Goldstein, A. H.; Chu, R. K.; L. Pasa-Tolić; Shaw, J. B.; Tolić N.; Lin, P.; Laskin, J.; Laskin, A.; Nizkorodov, S. A. Molecular Characterization of Organosulfur Compounds in Biodiesel and Diesel Fuel Secondary Organic Aerosol. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, 51 (1) 119-127. link

 5. Blair, S. L.; Epstein, S. A.; Nizkorodov, S. A.; Staimer, N. A Real-Time Fast-Flow Tube Study of VOC and Particulate Emissions from Electronic, Reduced-Harm, Conventional, and Reference Cigarettes. Aerosol Sci. Technol. 2015, 49 (9), 816-827. link

 4. Slikboer, S.; Grandy, L.; Blair, S. L.; Nizkorodov, S. A.; Smith, R.; and Al-Abadleh, H.A. Formation of Light Absorbing Soluble Secondary Organics and Insoluble Polymeric Particles from the Dark Mixing of Catechol and Guaiacol with Fe(III). Environ. Sci. Technol. 2015, 49 (13) 7793-7801. link

 3. Shrestha, M.; Zhang, Y.; Upshur, M. A.; Liu, P.; Blair, S. L.; Wang, H.; Nizkorodov, S. A.; Thomson, R. J.; Martin, S.T.; Geiger, F. M. On surface order and disorder of a-pinene secondary organic material. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2014, 119 (19), 4609-4617. link

 2. Shemesh, D.; Blair, S. L.; Nizkorodov, S. A.; Gerber, R. B. Photochemistry of aldehyde clusters: cross-molecular versus unimolecular reaction dynamics. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16 (43), 23861-23868. link

 1. Epstein, S. A.; Blair, S. L.; Nizkorodov, S. A. Direct photolysis of α-pinene ozonolysis secondary organic aerosol: Effect on particle mass and peroxide content. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48 (19), 11251-11258. link



  • Joan Rowland Award, UC Irvine, 2016
  • Joan Rowland Award, UC Irvine, 2016
  • Chancellor’s Club for Excellence Fellowship, UC Irvine, 2016
  • Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, UC Irvine, W 2016
  • Michael E. Gebel Award, UC Irvine, 2014
  • Chemistry Summer Research Institute Fellowship, CSU Chico, 2009
  • Physical Chemistry Award, CSU Chico, 2009
  • Physical Chemistry Grover Willis Award, CSU Chico, 2009
  • Integrated Laboratory Award, CSU Chico, 2009
  • “Best in Category” Poster Award at the 13th Annual Student Research Poster Symposium, Department of Biological Sciences, CSU Chico, 2009
  • Chemistry Summer Research Institute Fellowship, CSU Chico, 2006
  • General Chemistry Award, CSU Chico, 2006
  • Golden Member of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (S.A.A.C.S.) Club Award, CSU Chico, 2006