The following table lists the available courses in CREATE–AAP.

Course Credits Requirement  

Atmospheric Aerosols

3.0 Required
Research Seminar on Atmospheric Aerosols 1.0 Encouraged


Atmospheric Aerosols (CHEM 535A)

Atmospheric aerosols are increasingly important in topics such as health and climate. This course will include: (1) an overview of the physical and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosol particles, (2) reviews of current analytical methods for aerosol particles, and (3) details of the role of aerosols in health and climate. The course syllabus is as follows:

1. Physical Properties

a. Definitions
b. Size Distributions
c. Particle Motion
d. Light Scattering and Absorption
e. Hygroscopic Properties (Hygroscopic Growth and CCN)
f. Ice Nucleation Properties

2. Reactions Involved in Particle Formation and Growth

a. Nucleation, Condensation, and Coagulation
b. Reactions of Gases at Particle Surfaces
c. Reactions in the Aqueous Phase

3. Chemical Composition of Tropospheric Aerosols

a. Inorganic Species
b. Organics

4. Gas-Particle Distribution of Semivolatile Organics

a. Adsorption on Solid Particles
b. Adsorption in Liquids

5. Analytical Methods for Particles

a. Sampling and Collection of Particles
b. Measurement of Chemical Composition
c. Real-time Monitoring Techniques for Particles
d. Generation of Calibration Aerosols

6. Meteorological Processes Affecting Aerosol Transport

7. Health Impacts and Exposure

8. Aerosol Particles, Atmospheric Radiation, and Climate Change

a. Introduction
b. Direct Effect
c. Indirect Effects of Aerosol Particles

Research Seminar on Atmospheric Aerosols (CHEM 540D)

The research seminar course will provide training on communicating and teaching to an interdisciplinary audience. In addition, the course will provide students with exposure to recent topics in the atmospheric aerosol literature. Each student will be expected to present at least one seminar in this course.