Our research further extends to understand ocean-atmosphere interactions, implications of engineered nanomaterials, mechanisms underlying chemical fate, transport and transformation, and molecular mechanisms of toxicity and adaptation. Another focus is the transport and fate and toxicology of man-made organic chemicals, pesticides and pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals in the environment. Strong connections are maintained with the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Bureau of Geology, Civil and Environmental Engineering at New Mexico Tech and Los Alamos National Laboratory for Climate Studies enabling a broad and deep graduate program in atmospheric science.

The expertise of the faculty in environmental division spans a broad range of environmentally relevant chemical, analytical and modeling capabilities seldom found at a single location. Researchers at the Department of Chemistry work in different environmental fields while advancing science in a synergistic fashion and state-of-the-art instrumentation is applied to study various environmental issues. One major focus of our research is to enhance fundamental understanding of processes in different regimes of the atmosphere including gas phase, aerosol particle surfaces, and polar stratospheric clouds. Atmospheric Science faculty use observational data from routine observations, remote sensing and field to study global modes of variability, contaminant transport and air quality, and many other chemical and dynamical processes.


Biomedical and Medicinal

Physical and Fundamental

Solar Energy and Sustainability


Atmospheric and Environmental

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