Ryan Christopher Sullivan
Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with a courtesy appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also a faculty member in the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. Hon.B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto, Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 he completed his postdoctoral research in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Science’s Cozzarelli Prize.
Developing laser-based analytical techniques for real-time analysis of individual aerosol particle composition. These include laser ablation single-particle mass spectrometry, aerosol optical tweezers, and microfluidic devices for ice nucleation research. The multi-phase chemical evolution of biomass burning aerosol from wood smoke is a major current focus. Experimental studies include the alteration of the ice nucleation properties of smoke particles induced by chemical aging; and the activation of photo-labile chlorinated gases from heterogeneous reactions of nitrogen oxides with smoke aerosol. Recently active in evaluating the kinetics and biosafety of catalysts for sustainable ultra-dilute oxidation catalysis.