Associate Professor of Data Assimilation and Atmospheric Chemistry at the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona (UA). He is also a faculty member of the following UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP): Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis and Applied Mathematics.
His research focuses on investigating human fingerprints in the atmosphere. His research combines numerical models and observations to study atmospheric constituents, especially those emitted from combustion-related activities, and how these constituents affect air quality, weather, climate, and our environment.
A Research Physical Scientist, in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Exposure Research Laboratory, Computational Exposure Division; Past Physical Scientist in U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Air Resources Laboratory, Atmospheric Sciences Modeling Division.
Research is focused on developing and expanding the capabilities of current air-quality and biogeochemical models to better represent the nitrogen cycle, mercury cycle and atmospheric mercury chemistry, and the coupling of ecosystem and air-quality models.
Dr. Gufran Beig is an atmospheric scientist, focussing on Environmental science aspects of atmosphere and air quality. He is working as Project Director at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune under the Indian Union Ministry of Earth Sciences. His broad area of research is Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution. Specific topics of expertise include developing air pollution monitoring and forecasting systems and assessment of its impact on Human Health and food security; as well as long term changes and trends in the troposphere and Stratosphere. He has the distinction of developing and commissioning the first air quality Forecasting system for Indian Mega cities which is recognised as a pilot project of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO-GURME). He is the recipient of several awards, viz. the coveted Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award of WMO, etc. He has been a committee member of the scientific steering /advisory committee member of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project; SPARC of World Climate research; and Global Atmospheric Watch’s GURME-WMO project.
Paul Beukes (JP Beukes) is full professor in Chemistry at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa. He received his PhD (Chemistry) in 1999 from the then Pothefstroom University for CHE. Paul worked in the metallurgical industry for almost a decade after completing his PhD, holding various senior positions such a production manager and operations manager at large ferrochromium smelters. In late 2007 he returned to academia and is currently co-managing the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) and Chromium Technology Groups (CTG) at the NWU. The ACRG focuses mostly on in situ ambient atmospheric measurements, but research related to laboratory investigations, satellite observations and modelling is also conducted, while the CTG concentrate on metallurgical process improvements with associated atmospheric and/or other environmental co-benefits, e.g. reduced energy consumption, smaller carbon footprint and reduced water pollution. Paul is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scientist and serves on many advisory boards for industry, government and academia. Probably the most noteworthy panel that he is currently serving on is the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) scientific steering committee (SSC).
Graduated in chemistry at the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela. 1991-1993 researcher in ecology of the marine environment at Spanish Institute of Oceanography. Developed PhD Thesis on chemical processes taking place during water disinfection. Obtained the PhD in Chemistry at the University of A Coruña, 1994.
In 1994 he obtained a position as Assistant Lecturer at UDC amd since enjoyed research stays at different institutions: Dept of Chemistry, University College of Dublin, with Prof. R.A.M. O'Ferrall; Dept of Chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, with Prof. H. Maskill; Marie-Curie staff researcher, Max-Planck Institut Strahlenchemie, with Prof. S. Steenken; Dept. of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, with Prof. H.D. Burrows; and the Institute for Basic Research in Organic Chemistry of Fukuoka, with Prof. S. Kobayashi.
In 2001, he obtained a position as a tenured Prof of Physical Chemistry at UDC. He has been a visitor and lectured at Newcastle upon Tyne, Coimbra, Padova, Bragança, and Zagreb.
Served as Coordinator of a Master in Environmental & Fundamental Chemistry, and Vice-Dean of Chemistry. Currently Dean of the Faculty of Sciences.
Author of ca. 140 publications.
Main research interests:
- mechanisms of degradation of persistent organic micropollutants
- mechanisms of oxidation reactions involved in inflammation and aging
- developing sustainable technologies for degradation of persistent organic pollutants.
- scientific communication.
My work involves numerical modelling of air pollution chemistry, mainly in the indoor environment, and to a lesser extent, outdoors. My indoor air chemistry work involves investigating the chemical processes that cause high concentrations of air pollutants indoors, particularly those pollutants that are likely to be harmful to health. Topics of interest are the impacts of human activities on indoor air quality, such as cooking, cleaning and DIY activities such as painting. We also investigate the impact of emissions from common indoor materials such as carpet and wooden furnishings on indoor air quality.
Tianfeng Chai is an Associate Research Scientist at CICS-MD and the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA. He got his master and bachelor degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, majoring in Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, and Environmental Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, with his dissertation of "Four-Dimensional Variational Data Assimilation Using Lidar Data" focusing on atmospheric boundary flow. He then worked with Dr. Greg Carmichael to develop chemical transport model adjoints and computational framework for data assimilation applications before moving to working on the NOAA National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC) project in 2007. He currently works on the inverse modeling problems using HYSPLIT (Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model) to support several projects at NOAA Air Resources Laboratory.
Professor Chan Chak-keung is currently Chair Professor of Atmospheric Environment and Dean of the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on atmospheric particulate matter with emphasis on aerosol chemistry and its role in air pollution. He received the Haagen Smit Award of Atmospheric Environment in 2015, Second Prize of the State Natural Science Award in 2010, and First Prize of the Natural Science Award in 2007. He was the first winner of the Asian Young Aerosol Scientists Award. He has been an Editor-in-Chief of 'Atmospheric Environment' since 2008.
Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Head of the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University. Chair, American Meteorological Society Atmospheric Chemistry Committee. Member, USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. Board Member, International Fog and Dew Association. Chair, American Association for Aerosol Research Awards Committee.
Associate Professor Ross Edwards is a researcher with Curtin University Physics and Astronomy investigating the present and glacial time-scale deposition history of smoke and other aerosols from the global atmosphere. These particles alter the properties of the atmosphere influencing climate, atmospheric chemistry, and the productivity of the biosphere. His expertise ranges from the ultra-trace chemical and isotopic analysis of polar ice and snow, and terrestrial and marine waters to conducting field campaigns in the Earth’s most extreme environments. As an inventor, he has pioneered new analytical methods and created equipment that has allowed the continuous analysis of ice cores at the parts per quadrillion level and the ultra-trace analysis of black carbon in water.
Our research interests are primarily in the development of novel organic synthetic methods, especially ones that are “greener” than traditionally and synthesis of compounds with interesting properties. Particular current research projects involve use of zeolites and solid-supported reagents and catalysts to gain selectivity in organic reactions; lithiation reactions which we have used to devise novel heterocyclic ring syntheses and to introduce selectivity into aromatic and heterocyclic substitution reactions; heterocyclic chemistry; polymeric materials and design and synthesis of novel compounds with interesting chemiluminescent or other photoactive properties. The current research focuses on the chemistry of tear ferning which is a valuable tool in the detection of dryness of eye. We are investigating the dryness of the eye through evaluation of tear osmolarity using the TearLab system and various other techniques. Also, we are investigating the ocular tear film in diabetic and smoker subjects to test the correlation between dryness of the eye and diabetes disease and nicotine.
Dr. Junkuo Gao is professor at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China. He obtained his PhD in Zhejiang University, China in 2010. Then, he worked at Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as a postdoctor. In 2013, he joined the College of Materials and Textiles at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University as Distinguished professor of Zhejiang Province. His research interest is metal-organic frameworks based nanomaterials for clean energy and green chemistry applications. He has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals with more than 2400 citations.