Joel Bowman’s Research Featured on eScienceCommons

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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.”

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Joel Bowman and Xiaohong Wang Published in Nature Chemistry

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Joel Bowman and graduate student Xiaohong Wang are authors of the article, “Unimolecular dissociation dynamics of vibrationally activated CH3CHOO Criegee intermediates to OH radical products,” which was recently published in Nature Chemistry.  The paper is the result of a collaboration with Marsha Lester’s group at Penn and explores the diurnal production of atmospheric OH–” the ‘detergent’ of the troposphere because it reacts with many pollutants” from the so-called Criegee intermediate.

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