Wayne Chuang

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Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Atmospheric Science

Research Summary: I am investigating how air pollution is formed from gases and particles that are released around us–from trees and flowers to cars and trucks. Some of these gases are organic, or containing carbon atoms, and they can react in the air to form larger organic species. Because of their size, they condense from a gas to a particle, like how water condenses on a glass. These particles have negative effects on our cardiovascular and respiratory health and have effects on Earth’s climate. By studying how particles are formed, I can better understand how to decrease air pollution.