I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. I'm interested in design and construction of analytical instruments for aplications in atmospheric chemistry. Currently, I am working in Dan Cziczo's Cloud and Aerosol Microphysics Lab on mass spectrometry of single aerosol particles.
Measuring chemical composition of aerosol particles is critical to better understand how clouds form in the atmosphere. Single particle chemistry studies of atmospheric aerosol are especially useful in understanding rare ice-nucleating particles that form ice clouds at high altitudes. Single Particle Mass Spectrometry (SPMS) is a technique uniquely suited to study this problem. In my Ph.D., I am concentrating on improving SPMS through scientific and engineering insights to yield more precise chemical information. To study high altitude clouds, SPMS instruments are designed to fit on research aircraft platforms and high altitude mountaintop stations, requiring rugged field-ready construction.