Ying and Frank Visiting the Institute of Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

July 21, 2015

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Ying and Frank just returned from a week in China, where they were hosted by Dr. Hang Xiao from the Institute of Urban Environment of CAS. Frank gave talks, both at the main institute in Xiamen and at the research station in Ningbo.

Read more here.

Matt’s Paper on Contaminant Trends with Age in Wildlife Awarded ET&C Best Paper of 2014

July 8, 2015

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Matt’s paper “Clarifying relationships between persistent organic pollutant concentrations and age in wildlife biomonitoring: Individuals, cross-sections, and the roles of lifespan and sex” has been selected as the best paper to be published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry last year. Congratulations!

More Good News for Chen

July 8, 2015

Shortly after passing her qualifying oral exam last Friday, Chen received news that she is recipient of the 2015/16 Jeanne F. Goulding Fellowship of the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies. Well done!

Paper on Quantum-Chemical Approach to SOA Formation Published in ES&T

July 8, 2015

ES&T has published Chen’s paper on using COSMOtherm to predict the phase distribution, yield and composition of secondary organic aerosol formed during the ozonolysis of alpha-pinene. Kai-Uwe Goss from the UFZ in Leipzig has been our guide in using this quantum-chemistry based software.

New Faces in the Research Group this Summer

June 25, 2015

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Tiange, Ajitha, and Yang.

We welcome Tiange Yuan, Ajitha Kananathalingham, and Yang Lan, who have joined us for the summer to conduct research. Tiange is supported by a University of Toronto Excellence Award, and Ajitha by a CGCS Summer Internship. Yang Lan is pursuing a M. Env. Sci. degree.

Paper by Andres Published in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts

June 25, 2015
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A paper by Andres Ramirez Restrepo, a Colombian graduate student whose time in the research group in the fall of 2013 was supported by the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), has been published in ESPI. He tested the PAS-SIM model by James Armitage using data from Steve Hayward’s thesis.

Chemical Institute of Canada recognizes Frank with Award

March 16, 2015

Frank is the recipient of the 2015 Environment Division Research and Development Dima Award of the CIC. Read more here.

Cover article on study measuring POPs in Australian atmosphere

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March 12, 2015

Xianyu Wang from the University of Queensland published a study on POPs in the Australian atmosphere. He used our XAD-resin based passive air sampler. The study made it on the front cover of Environ. Sci: Processes Impacts.

Project on Development of a Passive Air Sampler for Mercury Receives Funding

February 10, 2015

Frank and his colleague Carl Mitchell received a Strategic Project Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to develop, test and apply a new passive sampler for gaseous elemental mercury in the atmosphere. Matching funds and additional expertise are provided by Environment Canada.

Read the U of T News article here.

Graduate Student Visiting from Argentina

January 29, 2015

SAM_5745We are welcoming Florencia Silva Barni from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata to the research group for the next four months. During Flor’s stay, which is supported by a scholarship from the Emerging Leaders in the America Program (ELAP), she will work on projects related to passive air sampling.