Aerosol science highlighted at WashU workshop

Researchers from a variety of disciplines are invited to attend an inaugural workshop hosted by the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE) in the School of Engineering & Applied Science July 14-15.

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The Innovations in Aerosol Physics and Chemistry workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, features a wide range of speakers from industry, governmental organizations and other universities and is designed for researchers at all levels of their careers. Richard Flagan, PhD, the Irma and Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of environmental science & engineering at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) is the keynote speaker July 14.

Pratim Biswas, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor and chair of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, said new findings in formation pathways, morphology, chemical composition and optical properties of aerosols have spurred a rapid growth of interest in the field.

"This workshop is designed to bring together a group of researchers with diverse interests and expertise in nucleation, transport, growth, instrumentation, characterization and multi-scale modeling of aerosols to discuss recent advances, current challenges and new directions in the aerosol science field," Biswas said.

Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering and a member of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering, said the workshop includes addresses by industry experts and group discussions that may help formulate a visionary guide for the direction of future research. Several other leading scientists will participate, and program managers from the U.S. Army Research Office, industry and federal agencies are expected to attend.

CASE is led by a core group of eight faculty, including Richard Axelbaum, the Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science; Biswas; Chakrabarty; Rudolf Husar, professor; Benjamin Kumfer, research assistant professor; Elijah Thimsen, assistant professor; Jay Turner, associate professor; and Brent Williams, assistant professor, all in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. The core group is connected with faculty in other WashU schools and departments, as well as to 28 other universities through the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environmental Partnership (MAGEEP).