Ohio State is a partner on a $20M National Science Foundation five-year renewal grant that will enable the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry and the Environment (CAICE) to launch new studies into how pollution interacts with natural ocean-produced aerosols such as sea salt and microbes to influence the chemistry of the atmosphere, particularly in an era of rapid climate chance such as the planet is currently experiencing. CAICE, which consits of a group of scientists that include chemists, oceanographers and biologists, is led by the University of California San Diego. Heather Allen, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is the the principal investigator for Ohio State. Her research focuses on using specialized laser equipment that gathers molecular properties from the water surface to understand the surface’s structure.
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