Group News

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 Rob Batey, 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. 

The Abbatt Group and Alumni at IAC2018

Elijah and Zilin attended the 10th International Aerosol Conference (IAC 2018) held in St. Louis, MO from September 2-7. Elijah presented his research on photochemical aging of light-absorbing biomass burning aerosol and Zilin presented his work on the condensed-phase ozonolysis of an unsaturated triglyceride. During the conference, the Abbatt group had a reunion with alumni around the world. Hope to see you all again in the next conference!

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Chen Participated at HOMEChem for Indoor Chemistry Studies

Chen recently participated in the HOMEChem field campaign (House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry) in the test house at University of Texas, Austin. This field campaign, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, involves over 20 research groups from 13 universities to study chemistry in indoor environments. Chen was operating our Time-of-flight Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry, measuring gas phase organic acids, HONO, and HNCO during the campaign.


In July, Chen also attended the Indoor Air conference in Philadelphia and gave an oral presentation entitled “Nucleation of ultrafine particles arising from oxidation of cigarette smoke in indoor environments”. 

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Ellen Outbound to Europe for Ice Nucleation Research

Her first stop was Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Southern Finland, where she set up the particle concentrator for an international field research campaign on ice formation in the atmosphere.


At her 2nd stop, Ellen attended the INUIT Final Conference/ 2nd Atmospheric Ice Nucleation Conference from February 26 March 1 in Grasellenbach (Germany) the final conference of the INUIT project. She presented results from the first evaluation of the Portable Ambient Particle Concentrator (PAPC) during the CLACE/INUIT field campaign at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch in winter 2017.


Her last and longest stop was a 1-month visit for all of March in the Lab and field group led by Dr. Zamin Kanji, part of the Lohmann group at ETH Zurich, to use their new drop freezing setup to study pollen as ice nucleating particles for warm temperatures between 0 and -30 °C.


Ellen also attended the 52nd CMOS Congress in Halifax during June 11 14 and presented preliminary results from her research stay at ETH Zurich earlier in the year.

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Steph and Rachel Attend the CIMS User Meeting 2018

Steph and Rachel attended the annual CIMS Users Meeting 2018 at the University of Washington in Seattle  from June 6 - 9. They joined the researchers around the globe for discussions on chemical ionization mass spectrometry.

The Abbatt Group at AGU2017

Elijah, Steph, Megan, and Rachel traveled to New Orleans for the AGU 2017 meeting from December 11-15. They presented their research in the following poster sessions: Transformations and Fate of Organic Gases and Particles in the Atmosphere, Laboratory Studies in Atmospheric Sciences, Tropospheric Composition in Cold Environments: Sources, Processes, and Impacts, and Reactivity and Cycling of Organic and Inorganic Compounds in the Atmospheric Multiphase System. It was Steph's, Rachel's, and Elijah's first time going to an AGU conference and they had a great week! Megan, a veteran AGU attendee, also had a great time!

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Congratulations Dr. Mungall!

Emma defended her PhD thesis titled" Natural sources of volatile organic compounds to the summer Arctic troposphere" on November 27th! Emma made gas phase measurements with the Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer in the Arctic aboard the CCGS Amundsen and at a ground site in Alert, Nunavut. 

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Congratulations Dr. Willis!

Megan defended her PhD thesis titled "Natural and Anthropogenic Influences on High Arctic Aerosol" on November 15th! Megan was involved in 2 field campaigns to the Arctic where she conducted measurements of aerosol composition with the aerosol mass spectrometer aboard the AWI Polar6 research aircraft. 

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Rachel attends the 254th ACS meeting in Washington, DC!

Rachel attended the 254th ACS National meeting held in Washington, DC during August 20 - 24. She presented her research in the session on Multi-Phase Environmental Chemistry of Aerosols, in the Division of Environmental Chemistry.  Her presentation shared first prize for the best graduate student presentation award! Congrats Rachel!

The Abbatt group welcomes two new students!

Steph Schneider and Zilin Zhou joined the Abbatt group as MSc  students this fall. Steph did her BSc at the University of Alberta, where she worked in the Styler Group research reactive oxygen species formed on dust. Her research in the Abbatt group will focus on using CIMS to study reactions that take place at the sea surface microlayer. Zilin did his BSc at the University of Ottawa, where he did undergraduate research at the A.E. Lalonde accelerator mass spectrometry lab. His work in the Abbatt group will focus on condensed-phase indoor ozonolysis of complex samples such as cooking oil and skin oil.