Earth Institute Contact: Dr. Steven Chillrud
This research can provide fundamental data on environmental behavior and source apportionment of organic contaminants. The aim of this study is to analyze indoor and outdoor contaminant levels and determine their major sources based on their molecular characteristics. This study can provide important and useful information to environmental scientists, policymakers, and environmental practitioners.
This project plans to have 1 to 2 weeks of fieldwork to collect aerosol particle samples and 4 to 5 weeks of lab work, including sample extraction using highly pressurized solvent extraction system, organic purification and separation, and organic identification and quantification by GC/MS/MS, a sensitive analytical method.
Dr. Yan has more than 10 years’ experience in Environmental Organic Geochemistry and Dr. Chillrud is an established scientist with knowledge in Geology, Environmental Science, and Public Health. Current funding is sufficient to support above mentioned field and lab work.