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NETCARE project receives the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize

The NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering was awarded to the University of Toronto-based NETCARE initiative (the Network on Climate and Aerosols). This prize recognizes outstanding teams of researchers from different disciplines working toward a major research question in the last six years. Led by Prof. Jon Abbatt, the collaboration includes researchers from around Canada and beyond, including Prof. Jennifer Murphy. Their work on the fundamental understanding of aerosols, ultrafine particle growth, and atmospheric ammonia regulation is providing insights into the molecular and microscopic factors that contribute and shape climate change in the arctic, a matter of global importance. (message from Prof. Robert Batey, Chemistry Chair)


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Congratulations Dr. Gute!

Ellen successfully defended her thesis entitled "Pollen Ice Nucleating Particles and Their Response to Atmospheric Processing" in early August.  An online public seminar was held during this challenging time. Congratulations Dr. Gute on your impressive work in the past five years!


Outside her research, Ellen devoted considerable effort to student-run groups and activities. She was a co-founder of Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) to encourage researchers to engage in science policy. She also actively organized and participated in #climatestrike and #scientists4future to raise awareness of global climate issues. We wish to thank her for strengthening the science community at University of Toronto!


On behalf of the Abbatt Group, we wish her all the best for all future endeavours!

Prof. Abbatt Wins the 2020 CIC Medal

Prof. Abbatt is the recipient of the 2020 CIC Medal, the highest prize awarded by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)!

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Steph Attends the AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Steph attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2019 in San Francisco, CA, from December 9-13, 2019. She presented a poster presentation on her work titled "Using Phytoplankton Cultures as a Guide to Replicate the Sea-Surface Microlayer for Laboratory Experiments". Prof. Abbatt also attended the meeting and gave talks on multiphase ozonolysis reactions and particle chemistry in the Arctic done by previous and current group members. 

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Congratulations Dr. Hems!

Rachel successfully defended her thesis today entitled "Radical Cloud Chemistry: Oxidation of organic compounds in atmospheric water". Congratulations Dr. Hems on your incredible work in the past five years!


We also wish to thank Rachel for her contributions to the group as the group social coordinator and her efforts in strengthening the entire chemistry community at University of Toronto.


Rachel will continue her journey in atmospheric chemistry as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Michigan, starting in February 2020. We wish her all the best for all future endeavours!

The Abbatt Group's First SETAC Meeting

For the first time, the Abbatt group went to the SETAC Meeting! Chen, Chris and Rachel, along with chemists from six other research groups in Environmental Chemistry at University of Toronto, attended the SETAC North America 40th Annual Meeting held from November 3-7, 2019 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. They all presented their research in the session of Chemistry and Exposure in the Indoor Environment, covering the topics of indoor cigarette smoke and indoor cleaning.

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The Abbatt Group at the 37th AAAR Annual Conference

Aaron, Chris, Tengyu and Zilin attended the 37th AAAR (American Association for Aerosol Research) Annual Conference held from October 14-18, 2019 in Portland, OR. Aaron, Chris and Zilin all presented their research on heterogeneous ozone oxidative chemistry indoors, with their special focus on THC, tobacco smoke and lipids respectively. Tengyu presented his work on SO2 oxidation in atmospheric partices. Prof. Abbatt also gave a talk on the recent progress on the HOMEChem campaign in 2018, which was mostly done by Chen.

Chen and Zilin Attend the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting

Chen and Zilin attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, CA, from August 25-29, 2019. They both presented their recent work on indoor chemistry. Prof. Abbatt also attended the meeting and gave a talk on chemical aging of brown carbon aerosol material done by Rachel.

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The Abbatt Group at ACCESS XV and Gordon Research Conference

Congratulations to Chris and Rachel, who are selected as the participants at the 15th Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XV)! They spent a weekend at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, NY from July 25-28, 2019, and later joined with Chen, Elijah and Abbatt group alumni at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Atmospheric Chemistry, held at Sunday River in Newry, Maine from July 28 to August 2, 2019.

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Ellen Attends the 27th IUGG General Assembly

Ellen attended the 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General (IUGG) Assembly held in Montréal, from July 8 to 18, 2019. She presented her research work on pollen from North American trees: ice nucleation ability and its response to atmospheric oxidation.

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Tengyu Attends the 11th Asian Aerosol Conference (AAC) 2019

Tengyu attended the 11th Asian Aerosol Conference (AAC) 2019 at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) in Kowloon, Hong Kong from May 27-30, 2019. He presented his research on the kinetics of SO2 oxidation in sub-micron, deliquesced aerosol particles. Prof. Abbatt was also one of the plenary speakers and gave a talk on group's most recent indoor projects.

Prof. Abbatt Accepts Chair’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Prof. Abbatt is the recipient of the Chair’s Distinguished Teaching Award in the Department of Chemistry this year. This award is in recognition of his contributions to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the environmental chemistry program. Jon has made contributions to numerous courses over the last few years, including 1st Year seminar courses on Energy and the Environment, CHM210 Chemistry of Environmental Change, CHM310 Environmental Chemistry, and upper level and graduate courses in Atmospheric Chemistry and the Transport and Fate of Chemical Species. (message from Robert Batey, Chemistry Chair)

Steph Attends the SOLAS Open Science Conference

Steph attended the SOLAS (Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study) Open Science Conference in Sapporo, Japan from April 21-25, 2019. She presented her recent PhD research on secondary organic aerosol production from the oxidation of Thalassiosira pseudonana cultures.

Chen, Rachel and Megan Attend the 2018 iCACGP/IGAC

Chen, Rachel and Megan (now at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) attended the 14th iCACGP Quadrennial Symposium and the 15th IGAC Science Conference in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan from September 25 to 29. Chen presented her work on reaction of limonene with HOCl/Cl2 in indoor environments. Rachel presented her research on the atmospheric aging of biomass burning brown carbon.


Rachel also participated in the 2018 iCACGP/IGAC Early Career Short Course in Shodoshima, Japan. Click here to read more about her trip in Japan. (U of T Chemistry News)

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Chen, Zilin and Doug Attend the 2018 Chemistry of Indoor Environments Science Meeting

Chen, Zilin and Doug attended the 2018 Chemistry of Indoor Environment Science meeting sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The meeting took place at the University of Colorado Boulder on October 24-26. Chen presented her work on measurement of indoor organic acids and HONO during HOMEChem field campaign. Zilin presented his work on indoor multiphase ozonolysis. Doug (now at Bucknell University) discussed his research on indoor surface chemistry mostly done during his postdoctoral fellow at the Abbatt group. Prof. Jon Abbatt also gave a pre-meeting tutorial on surface chemistry with recent research progress at the Group. 

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