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2011 News in Brief



Kroll offers novel approach to characterizing organic compounds in the atmosphere

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Professor Jesse Kroll and graduate student Sean Kessler have found a new approach to characterizing atmospheric aerosols using the carbon oxidation state, which up to now has been used primarily as a teaching tool. Theirs is the first study to demonstrate that the carbon oxidation state can be used to describe the evolving composition of a complex mixture of atmospheric organics undergoing dynamic oxidation processes. A paper describing this work appeared in Nature Chemistry online Jan. 9. Read more about this work in the On Balance research newsletter.