Research Area

Dr. Popolan-Vaida’s research focuses on understanding the mechanism of fundamental chemical reactions involved in atmospheric and combustion chemistry. Using state-of-the-art aerosol and mass-spectrometry techniques, Popolan-Vaida’s research group aims to develop a predictive capacity for the fate of natural and anthropogenic aerosol particles during the atmospheric processing as a function of their concentration, chemical composition, size, and hygroscopicity. These studies are essential to understanding the impact of natural and anthropogenic aerosol particles on the regional air quality and global climate change. In addition, the combustion chemistry research performed in Dr. Popolan-Vaida’s group aims to develop new alternative fuels derived from non-traditional sources in order to optimize engine efficiency and minimize pollutant formation.