Projects/Join the Group

Below are projects in the VandenBoer Research Group that are currently available for students interested in pursuing studies in Analytical Environmental Chemistry with a focus on the atmospheric chemistry of reactive nitrogen.

analytical method and instrument development for the quantitation of reactive nitrogen in the indoor environment

The VandenBoer Group is currently searching for a postdoctoral fellow and 2-3 graduate students interested in the development of new analytical methodologies and instrumentation for quantifying reactive nitrogen towards understanding the chemistry of the indoor environment. There are three major questions being pursued with funding provided by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation Chemistry of the Indoor Environment program:

  1. Can ammonia and amines be collected quantitatively in indoor environments by passive sampling and yield easily detected reaction products at levels in the range expected in indoor environments?

  2. Can a passive sampling method for nitrous acid (HONO) be developed that is selective and yields an easily detected reaction product free of interferences?

  3. Can the total reactive nitrogen (Nr) in indoor environments be quantified and fractionated – including gas and particulate Nr, HONO, reduced nitrogen (i.e. NH3 + NR3) and acidic nitrogen pools - with a simple and affordable real-time analytical platform that can be used for large surveys?

Details on the projects and candidate qualifications can be found through the links to each position advertisement above.