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Toohey, Darin W Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Prof. Toohey's research addresses the role of trace gases and aerosols on Earth's climate, atmospheric oxidation, and air quality. He develops instruments for fast-response in situ measurements from the ground, balloons, and aircraft. He has participated in numerous field campaigns to study topics such as stratospheric ozone depletion over the Arctic, the impact of rockets on stratospheric chemistry, long-range transport of pollutants, and the role of aerosols in modification of cloud properties. He has conducted work in Antarctica, Spitsbergen, New Zealand, Sweden, Nepal, the Virgin Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the continental United States. He has also developed United States international policy on energy and green economic growth while serving as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the Department of State.

keywords

  • in situ measurements of trace gases and aerosols, development of instruments for research aircraft, calibration of sub-micron aerosol instruments, impact of rocket emissions on earth's energy balance, impact of aircraft emissions on atmospheric chemistry, laboratory studies of oxidation of organic compounds and formation of aerosols, energy policy

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ATOC 3500 - Air Chemistry and Pollution
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    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 2019
    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.
  • ATOC 6020 - Seminar in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Studies an area of current research in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Students read selected papers from the literature. Students and faculty give presentations and participate in discussions. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours within the degree. May be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours within a semester.
  • CHEM 3151 - Air Chemistry and Pollution
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    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 2019
    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.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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