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  • Robert and Eleanor Biggs Professor of Natural Science and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Education

  • BA, Grinnell College, 1989
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Biography

Research Interests:
Atmospheric chemistry, computational chemistry, mass spectrometry
The atmospheric oxidation of volatile compounds (VOCs) plays a significant role in the air pollution problems of ground level ozone production and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation, which are known to cause adverse health effects and to play a role in global climate change. Current projects in the Elrod lab include the determination of mechanisms for the production of ground level ozone and SOA via the oxidation of the predominant biogenic VOC, isoprene.  We use various commercial spectroscopy techniques and a custom built turbulent flow chemical ionization mass spectrometer to identify the components of the chemical systems and to make the kinetics measurements that allow the atmospheric significance of the reaction systems to be determined.  We also use computational chemistry methods implemented on the Oberlin supercomputer to help elucidate the meaning of our experimental results and to help guide the planning of new experiments.

Teaches:
Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

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Learning from Environmental Success

June 6, 2018
Professor Matthew Elrod shares his thoughts on the accomplishments made in the fight against air pollution and his hope that these achievements will encourage people to support policies that will protect this environmental success story and potential applications to other eco-problems.