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Volkamer, Rainer Professor

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  • The Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Laboratory (ATMOSpeclab) investigates Chemistry in Air that is relevant to discussions about Air Quality and Climate. We design, assemble, characterize and deploy optical spectroscopic instruments (in-situ and remote sensing) to measure atmospheric trace gases, radicals, methane and aerosol optical properties; carry out field observations from ground, ships, and research aircraft; conduct laboratory experiments; and use these observations to quantify emissions, and to construct and test numerical models. Research in the ATMOSpeclab informs atmospheric composition in some of the remote (e.g., oceans, free troposphere, lower stratosphere) and most polluted (e.g., wildfires, cities) parts of the Earth atmosphere. Society benefits from more robust tools to manage air resources, and mitigate climate change.

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  • Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Physics, Instrument Development, Remote Sensing, Field Measurements, Laboratory Studies, Air Quality, Climate

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  • CHEM 4171 - Instrumental Analysis - Lecture and Laboratory 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Two Lect. and 3 hours of lab per week. Instruction and experience in using instrumental methods of chemical analysis to address problems in chemistry, biochemistry, industrial chemistry and environmental chemistry.
  • CHEM 4181 - Instrumental Analysis - Lecture and Laboratory 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Two lect. and 3 hours of lab per week. Instruction and experience in using instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Builds on material learned in CHEM 4171.
  • CHEM 5161 - Analytical Atmospheric Spectroscopy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Optical spectrochemical analysis, atmospheric transmittance, including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, line-by-line spectral databases such as HITRAN, absorption, emission, fluorescence, scattering processes of gases, surface enhancements, aerosols, optical spectroscopic instrument components, and techniques, and their applications to atmospheric, and environmental problems. Department enforced prereq., undergraduate physical chemistry or instructor consent.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.

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