Williams investigates Arctic pollution with NSF grant for SNAP-TEC

Brent Williams, the Raymond R. Tucker Distinguished InCEES Career Development Associate Professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, has received a $422,432 grant from the National Science Foundation for an investigation into air quality and pollution in the Arctic during the winters.

The research will look at the intersection of outdoor/indoor pollution, as people spend much more time inside during the long, dark Arctic winters. Particularly, Williams is looking to investigate outdoor/indoor air transport; indoor pollution sources (such as leaky heaters); and the chemical transformation of pollutants in the harsh conditions of the Arctic winters.

The project, Sustainably Navigating Arctic Pollution -- Through Engaging Communities (SNAP-TEC), will involve community members' input when it comes to identifying local areas of concern and in designing sustainable development frameworks for the future.