The Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies

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Last updated: 16 July 2012

Downtown Pittsburgh as seen from the Pittsburgh Air Quality Study sampling trailer near the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The upper panel shows a day with very low fine particle (PM2.5) mass, while the lower panel shows a day with high PM2.5 mass. The insets show time and size resolved particle number counts, revealing that the low-mass day in the upper panel also shows clear evidence of new particle formation (nucleation) -- these nucleation events occurred on more than 1/4 of the days during the 1 year field campaign.

Members of CAPS are recognized internationally as leaders in the study of air quality and atmospheric chemistry. Our unifying theme is the behavior of particulate matter in the atmosphere, including emissions, formation, transformation and deposition of particles as well as their climatological and health effects. We currently consist of five interwoven research groups directed by faculty members associated with five academic departments (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering) and two colleges (the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Mellon College of Science).

We are interested in considering outstanding applications for new faculty members who can complement and expand our research and teaching expertise in our highly collaborative environment. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one of the CAPS faculty before applying to one of our five member Departments.

CAPS is always interested in recruiting new graduate students and postdoctoral scientists interested in atmospheric chemistry research. Please contact the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with directly regarding graduate program applications and scientist position openings.

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