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Tolbert, Margaret A Distinguished Professor

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  • Dr. Tolbert's research is focused on clouds and aerosols in atmospheric chemistry. Research topics include stratospheric ozone depletion, cirrus cloud chemistry, tropospheric clouds and particles, the interaction between clouds and climate, and the chemistry of planetary atmospheres and early Earth.

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  • atmospheric chemistry, clouds, aerosols, nucleation, planetary atmospheres, early Earth, ice, cirrus, secondary organic aerosol, Titan, Mars, optical constants, infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, cavity ring down, optical trap

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Teaching

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  • ATOC 3500 - Air Chemistry and Pollution
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines the composition of the atmosphere and sources of gaseous and particulate pollutants: their chemistry, transport and removal from the atmosphere. Applies general principles to acid rain, smog and stratospheric ozone depletion. Recommended prerequisite: one semester of college-level chemistry or one year of high school chemistry. Same as CHEM 3151.
  • ATOC 5151 - Atmospheric Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Reviews basic kinetics and photochemistry of atmospheric species and stratospheric chemistry with emphasis on processes controlling ozone abundance. Tropospheric chemistry focusing on photochemical smog, acid deposition, oxidation capacity of the atmosphere and global climate change. Recommended prerequisite: one semester of college-level chemistry. ATOC graduate core course. Same as CHEM 5151.
  • CHEM 3151 - Air Chemistry and Pollution
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines the composition of the atmosphere, and sources of gaseous and particulate pollutants: their chemistry, transport and removal from the atmosphere. Applies general principles to acid rain, smog and stratospheric ozone depletion. Department enforced prerequisite: two semesters of chemistry. Same as ATOC 3500.
  • CHEM 5151 - Atmospheric Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Lect. Basic kinetics and photochemistry of atmospheric species. Stratospheric chemistry with emphasis on processes controlling ozone abundance. Tropospheric chemistry focusing on photochemical smog, acid deposition, oxidative capacity of the atmosphere and global climate change. Recommended prerequisite: one semester of college-level chemistry. Same as ATOC 5151.
  • CHEM 6101 - Seminar: Analytical Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Student, faculty, and guest presentations and discussions of current research in analytical chemistry. Required of all analytical chemistry graduate students. Credit deferred until presentation of satisfactory seminar.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.

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