Emory’s eScienceCommons blog, “Chemists map cascade of reactions for producing atmosphere’s ‘detergent’,” features findings from Joel Bowman‘s recent Nature Chemistry paper.
“We’ve solved another piece of the puzzle in the formation of hydroxyl radicals, by zooming in to see all the steps of the reaction in much finer detail than ever before,” says co-author Joel Bowman, a theoretical chemist at Emory. “This kind of detailed data is important to atmospheric chemists trying to make predictive models for how the atmosphere will respond to climate change.”
Xiaohong Wang successfully defended her thesis, “Reaction Dynamics and Vibrational Studies of Atmospheric Species on Potential Energy Surfaces” on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Xiaohong’s thesis committee was led by Joel Bowman with Francesco Evangelista, James Kindt, and Susanna Widicus Weaver as additional members. Xiaohong is also an author of a recently-published Nature Chemistry paper based on research conducted during her time at Emory.
Update 07/14/16: Hank is now a data scientist in the Predictive Team at Radius Intelligence in San Fransisco. Hank says: “I am working on improving our predictive model, specifically on creating new features to enhance the predictive power. The goal of our models is to predict potential customers for B2B companies.”
Joel Bowman received an award from Elsevier’s Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy for his special review lecture on “Roaming and Spectroscopy” at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy. Susanna Widicus Weaver and Michael C. Heaven also attended the conference with their research groups.
Dr. Gabor Czako, formerly a postdoctoral fellow in the Bowman group and currently a Research Associate at Eotvos University (Budapest), received the Junior Prima Prize, which is awarded annually to ten outstanding Hungarian scientists under age 33. He also received the Polanyi Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and gave a talk at the Academy in March 2012.
“As we all know, clouds are essentially water in the gaseous state,” says Bowman, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Emory. “And, of course, it’s really cold at that altitude. So why do you find clouds at sub-zero temperatures? It’s an obvious but interesting question. The answer certainly has something to do with energy the cloud has absorbed from the sun and with potential energy surfaces: The delicate, attractive forces holding little water molecules together.”
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