Organic particles (composed of molecules made up of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen) are ubiquitous in our atmosphere, but we still know little about their origins, chemistry, and fate in the atmosphere. Professor Petrucci will present a brief overview of the roles played by organic particles in global health and climate. He will discuss the analytical challenges that they present, the unique instrumental methods developed at UVM that allowed us to debunk commonly held misconceptions, and will conclude by identifying some remaining challenges presented by organic particles.
Professor Petrucci received his PhD from the University of Florida. He began his career as a research scientist of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy before joining the UVM Chemistry Department in 2000. Professor Petrucci’s research interests lie in the general field of aerosol analysis. His current focus is on the simultaneous physical and chemical characterization of individual particles, leading to the rapid, on-line characterization of the aerosol.
The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to give newly promoted faculty an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank.