The Grassian group is involved in several research areas including surface chemistry of environmental interfaces, heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, climate impact of atmospheric aerosols, and environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

People

Current Grassian Group Members

vikVicki Grassian

Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Nanoengineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Co-Director, Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment
University of California, San Diego
Phone: (858)-534-2499 
Email: vhgrassian@ucsd.edu
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Armando Estillore

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
Office: 3102 Urey Hall
Email: aestillore@ucsd.edu

Dr. Armando Estillore joined the Grassian group in August 2014 as part of the CAICE project. He received  his Ph.D. from Wayne State University with Arthur Suits and then was a postdoc at UC Berkeley with Kristie Boering as a prestigious Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoc Fellow in Environmental Chemistry prior to coming to the University of Iowa.


 

textMingjin Tang

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Chemistry
University of Iowa
Office: 248 IATL
Email: mingjin-tang@uiowa.edu

Mingjin joined  the Grassian group in February 2015. His current projects includes 1) chemistry and optical properties of brown carbon, and 2) atmospheric chemistry of mineral dust particles. Before that Mingjin was a postdoc fellow in University of Cambridge, UK. He received his PhD from Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Germany) in December 2011. His research interest includes chemistry and microphysics of aerosol and cloud particles. 


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Yaping Zhang

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
Office: 3102 Urey Hall
Email: yaz108@ucsd.edu

Yaping Zhang joined Grassian group as the postdoctoral fellow in 2016 after she graduated from Washington university in St. Louis, where she received her Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental and Chemical engineering. Now she is interested in how anthropogenic pollution interacts with Earth natural aerosols


lNatalia I. Gonzalez-Pech

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
Office: 3102 Urey Hall
Email: nig01@ucsd.edu

Dr. Natalia Gonzalez-Pech joined the Grassian group in May 2016. She is originally from Mexico and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Monterrey Tech (ITESM). In 2016, Natalia completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry under the advise of Prof. Vicki Colvin, in Rice University. Her doctoral research focused on nanomaterials synthesis and characterization, and their applications in water processes. Currently, her research focuses in the  understanding of nano-bio interactions during translocation of inhaled nanoparticles. 


 

Aruni Indika Gankanda

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 240 IATL
Email: aruni-gankanda@uiowa.edu
B.S. University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Aruni joined the Grassian group in 2010 after graduating from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She is investigating chemical and photochemical reactions of trace atmospheric gases on the surface of mineral dust aerosol.


 

Hayder Alalwan

Graduate Student
Department of Chemical Engineering
Office: 233 IATL
Email: hayderabdulkhaleq-alalwan@uiowa.edu

B.S. Chemical Engineering Department– Baghdad University –Iraq. 2002

M.Sc. Chemical Engineering Department–University of Technology –Iraq. 2005

Hayder joined the Grassian Group in 2013. He worked as chemical engineer in The Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology for 3 years after receiving his B.S. Then as a lecturer in the Alkut Technical Institute in Iraq after receiving his master degree. Hayder’s research focuses on studying the methane reaction on metal oxide surfaces. His project aims to provide essential information about the underlying surface chemistry of the chemical looping composition (CLC) process which is a promising alternative method for natural gas combustion.


Alaa Hani Naser Al Minshid

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 235 IATL
Email: alaahaninaser-alminshid@uiowa.edu

B.S. Chemistry Department– Baghdad University –Iraq. 2003

M.Sc. Chemistry Department– Baghdad University –Iraq. 2007

Alaa joined the Grassian Group in 2012. She worked as a lecturer in Alkut University in Iraq after receiving her master degree. Alaa’s research focuses on investigating the chemistry of nanomaterials in the aqueous environments using different analytical techniques such as dynamic light scattering, HPLC, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy with an the emphasis on the role of surface chemistry. Nanomaterials behave differently than larger particles. It is therefore necessary to develop specialized methods to testing and monitoring the environmental and health aspects of the nanomaterials.


Jonathan Trueblood

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 243 IATL
Email: jonathan-trueblood@uiowa.edu

Jon graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa with a degree in Physics before attending North Carolina State University where he received an M.S. in Atmospheric Science in the spring of 2013. His masters thesis focused upon sea spray aerosols (SSA) and their role in the formation of low molecular weight carbonyl compounds over the remote marine regions. He joined the Grassian Research Group in the summer of 2013 and is currently researching the physical and chemical characteristics of aerosols in the marine boundary layer.


Zhenzhu Xu

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 243 IATL
Email: zhenzhu-xu@uiowa.edu

Zhenzhu Xu is originally from China and she joined the Grassian reserach group during the 2013-14 academic year. She is currently focused on understanding nanoparticle behavior in environmental and biological media.  

 

 

 


YuanYuan Fang

 

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 3102 Urey Hall
Email: yuf076@ucsd.edu

Yuan Fang is originally from China and she joined the Grassian research group during the 2013-14 academic year.  She is currently focused on studies related to the heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry of inorganic and organic acids with compents of mineral dust aerosol including oxide particles. She is interested in the role that adsorbed water plays in these surface reactions.  


Ellen Coddens 

 

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 241 IATL
Email: ellen-coddens@uiowa.edu

Ellen graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Chemistry from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She joined the Grassian group in the Spring of 2015 working on cloud chemistry project looking at how mineral dust particles might react in clouds to better understand the atmosphere's chemistry.   


Brittany Givens 

 

Graduate Student
Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
Office: 240 IATL
Email: brittany-givens-1@uiowa.edu

Brittany finished with B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburg in the Spring of 2014. She joined the Grassian group during the 2014-15 academic year. Her research is focused on nanotoxicity at the nano-bio interface studied by protein adsorption onto a nanomaterial surface using ATR-FTIR. Other applications of this research include using nanomaterials to disrupt biofilm development and eventually nanoparticle uptake in living systems in collaboration with the Fiegel laboratory at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.


Deokhyeon Kwon 

 

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 233 IATL
Email: deokhyeon-kwon@uiowa.edu

Deokhyeon is from South Korea and he joined the Grassian group during the 2014-15 academic year. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2011 from Hanyang University of Seoul, South Korea. In 2013, he finished his M.S. Physical Chemistry degree from the same university. Currently, he is involved in the study of brown carbon.

 

 


Sanjaya Jayalath 

 

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry
Office: 222 IATL
Email: sanjaya-jayalath@uiowa.edu

Sanjaya joined the Grassian group during the 2014-15 academic year. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2011 from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. His current research is focused on understanding the behavior of nanoparticles in the environment.


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Haibin Wu

Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
Office: 3108 Urey Hall
Email: haw141@ucsd.edu

Harbin Wu is originally from China,  and joined the Grassian research group at UCSD in December 2015 after he finished his M.S in Physical chemistry in Arkansas, USA. He is now studying the interaction between nanoparticles and proteins. 


qQuang Nguyen

Undergraduate Student
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
Office: 3108 Urey Hall
Email: qtn006@ucsd.edu

Quang T. Nguyen is a third-year undergraduate at UCSD, interested in working with analytical chemistry and instrumentation. He joined the Grassian Research Group in March 2016, and is interested in using analytical tools to isolate, identify, and quantify atmospheric aerosols and nanoparticles.


Past Grassian Group Members

 

Postdocs and Visiting Faculty

Dr. Imali A. Mudunkotuwa (2013-2016) Application Scientist at Cabot Microelectronics

Dr. Richard E. Cochran, Director of the Environmental and Complex Analysis Laboratory, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Tao Yang (Jan - Jul 2015), visiting professor from Hebei University, China

Dr. Gayan Rubasinghege (2011-2013), Assistant Professor at New Mexico Tech

Dr. Andrew Ault, (2012- 2013) Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

Dr. Haihan Chen, (2011-2013) Postdoctoral associate at the University of California-Irvine

Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis, (2007- 2012) Assistant Professor at Lehigh University

Dr. Larissa Stebounova (2008-2011), Research Associate at the University of Iowa

Dr. Shaowai Bian, (2009-2010) Research Scientist in Singapore

Dr. Hongbo Fu, (2008-2009) Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai China

Dr. Julie Parks, (2008-2009) Postdoctoral associate at Marquette University

Dr. Pradeep Jayaweera, (2008-2009) Faculty at University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Dr. Juan Navea, (2006-2009) (w/Mark Young and Charles Stanier) Assistant Professor at Skidmore College

Dr. James Zahardis (2008) Research scientist, University Vermont

Dr. Courtney Hatch (2006-2008) Associate Professor at Hendrix College

Dr. Mohamed El-Maazawi (Summer 2007 and 2008) visiting faculty from Truman College

Dr. Maryuri Roca (2007), Lecturer at Skidmore College

Dr. David Cwiertny  (2005-2007) Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa

Dr. Daniel Curtis (2005-2007) Associate Professor at California State University at Northridge

Dr. Paula Hudson (2005-2007) Associate Professor at California State University at Fullerton

Dr. Courtney Usher (2005-2007), Senior Staff Scientist,  Ashland Inc. Wilmington, Delaware

Dr. Kevin Knagge (2001- 2003), (w/Sarah Larsen) now at Brucker

Dr. Weiguo Song (2001- 2003) (w/Sarah Larsen) Professor, Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Amy Strathman (nee Michel) (2001- 2003) Lecturer, University of Iowa

Dr. Minna Xu (2001) – Research Scientist at University of Petroleum-China

Dr. Ping Li (1998 – 2000)- Research Scientist at Philip Morris

Dr. Grant Underwood (1998 – 2000) – Research Scientist at Intel

Dr. Mohamed El-Maazawi (Summers 1997, 1998 and 1999) visiting faculty from the UAE University, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Alexander Panov (1998 – 1999) unknown

Dr. Yan Xiang (1997-1998) unknown

Dr. Shoshanna R. Coon (1993-1995), Associate Professor at University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Mauro Briceno (1995) visiting faculty from the University of the Andes

 

Ph.D. Students

Dr. Olga Laskina (2010 – 2015) Application Scientist at rap.ID

Dr. Charith E. Nanayakkara (2008 – 2013) Postdoctoral Associate University of Texas-Dallas

Dr. Imali A. Mudunkotuwa (2008-2013) Application Scientist at Cabot Microelectronics

Dr. Haihan Chen (2008 – 2012) Postdoctoral Associate University of California-Irvine

Dr. Kelly Gierlus (2005 – 2011) Assistant Professor St. Ambrose University

Dr. Gayan Rubasinghege (2007 – 2011) Assistant Professor at New Mexico Tech

Dr. Pragati Galhotra  (2006 – 2010) Analytical Chemist Intern at Parker Hannifin

Dr. Sherrie Elzey (2005 – 2010) Application Specialist, TSI Inc.  St. Paul Minnesota

Dr. John Pettibone (2004 – 2009) Research Scientist at NIST

Dr. Jennifer Schuttlefield (2003 - 2008) Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis (2003 - 2007) Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Lehigh University, PA

Dr. Praveen Mogili (2002 – 2007) Ph.D. –Employed as Chem Eng in Houston, TX

Dr. Elizabeth Gibson (2002 - 2007) Ph.D. –Research Scientist at A&S Analytical Services

Dr. Hashim Al-Hosney (2000 - 2005) Ph.D.– Associate Professor at Arkansas State University

Dr. Gonghu Li (2000 - 2005) Ph.D. Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire

Dr. Brenda Krueger (1999 - 2005) Iowa City, IA

Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh (1999 - 2003) Associate Professor Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo CA

Dr. Courtney Usher (1999 - 2003) Senior Staff Scientist,  Ashland Inc. Wilmington, Delaware

Dr. Angela Goodman (1996 - 2000) Ph.D. – Research Scientist at US Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory

Dr. Steven Carlo(1994 -1999) Manager - Technical Services Division at Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Dr. Todd Miller (1993 -1998) Assistant Professor Augustana College

Dr. Michelle Driessen (1992 -1997) Associate Professor and General Chemistry Director, University of Minnesota

Dr. Katherine Lanigan (nee McGee) (1990 -1996) Assistant Professor at the U. Mercy - Detroit

Dr. Kari Myli (1990 -1995) Senior Scientist Cardinal CG Madison Wisconsin

 

Masters Students

Joshua R. Grandquist (2015); Whitney Larish (2014); Wondwossen Anbessie (2013); Induni Siriwardane (2012); Lahiru Wijenayaka (2011); Thilini Rupasinghe, (2011); Gordy Hunter ( 2009); Shannon Stout (2005); Sofia Carlos-Cuellar (2005); Xiaohong Shen  (2004); Hassan Mohamed (2003); Abdulmajeed Shawami (2002); Lon Anderson  (1996); Emmanual Scigliano (1996); Charles Fox (1995)

Undergraduate Students

Nina Diklich (Summer 2015); James Dillon (Summer 2013); Saralyn Ogden (Summer 2012); Jacob Lyons (Summer 2012); Nikolas LaPelusa (Spring 2012); Caitlyn McGuire (Summer 2011); Patrick Kyei (2010-2011); Rebecca Lindquest (Summer 2010); Jose Rivera Negron (Summer 2010); Tricia Abernathy (2009-2010); Ethan Guio (2008-2009); Robert Lentz (Summer 2009); Jennifer Knapp (Summer 2009); Olga Laskina (Summer 2009); Richard Dombroski (Fall 2008); Claire Doskey (Summer 2008); Jason Bone (Summer 2007); Christina Edwards (2006); Jacyln Schwarz (2006); David Cox (Summer 2006); Joanna Sciegienka (2003 – 2005), Ann Zachariah (2003 – 2005), Matthew Johnson (Summer 2005); Elizabeth Zeitler (Summer 2005); Anne Schwarkopf (2002– 2004); Adam Christensen (2000-2003); Jennifer Wade (1999-2003); Rachna Chaudhari (2001); Christine Burrichter (summer 2000); Timothy Hunt (summer 2000); Kirk Perreau  (1998 - 2000 junior chemistry major - Honors research); Elizabeth Bernard (1999-2000) junior chemical engineering major - Honors research; Eric Balster (1997 -1999); Melissa Heskett (1999); Elizabeth Covington (1997-1998); Alison Nair (Summer 1998) ; Everett Nixon (Summer 1998); Saleem Farooqui (1997-1998); Lawrence Huene (1997-1998); Anne Finken (Summer 1997); Gillian Zaharias (Summer 1996); Justin Paul (1995); Chip Hallett (1994-1995); James Manusco (Summer 1993); Adam Capitano (1992-1993); Deanna Angst (Summer 1991); Paula Cardinhal (Summer 1990); William Turney (1990-1991);  Susan James (1990 - 1991)