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Current Research Interests

My PhD work at UC Irvine is broad-based in irradiation of aerosol material. My projects revolve around generating secondary organic aerosols (SOA) and investigating the condensed phase photochemistry. My first project involved irradiation of this material to observe photoproduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs). My second involved irradiating the SOA material in the presence of limonene to observe photosensitized reactions and uptake of limonene. My most recent project attempts to observe uptake of aerosols onto whole plants.

For more information, please view my publications and projects on ResearchGate.

UCI Chem SURF Program

I was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for the University of California, Irvine (funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)) from June 24 to August 31, 2012.  I worked in the Kenneth Janda group on gas-hydrate clathrates.  This project was fascinating to me, and it taught me a lot of independent laboratory techniques.  At the conclusion of this project, I wrote a summary paper of my research, which can be found below.

Germany Internship

I was fortunate to be awarded a fellowship at Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz in Germany for the Summer of 2011.  This internship is one of 305 in Germany offered to undergraduates from Canada, the UK, and the United States by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  I worked with Nils Stoebener, a German doctoral student, on a project involving the speciation of Neptunium - 237 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) coupled on-line to Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) for 8 weeks. A publication resulted after this work.

MSU Chemistry Research

I was an undergraduate researcher at MSU with Dr. John Thoemke at Minnesota State University, Mankato from spring 2011 until I graduated in spring 2013.  We took water samples from streams and rivers around the Mankato area and explored the feasibility of using fluorescence spectroscopy and PARAFAC analysis to assess the impact of agricultural practices on the properties of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM). I presented this research at the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) in April 2012.  In April 2013, I presented this project at the national American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans, LA.


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