Welcome to the Pratt Lab blog! Dr. Kerri Pratt is an assistant professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Sciences and faculty associate of the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan. We study the chemical interactions of atmospheric trace gases, particles, clouds, and snow, with a focus on the Polar Regions and wintertime environments. Our interdisciplinary research has relevance to climate change, air quality, and human health. As an analytical chemistry lab, we primarily apply novel mass spectrometry techniques to our field research. We invite you to follow our adventures in (and outside!) the lab!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Congratulations to the new Dr. Nate May!

Congratulations to the second Pratt Lab Ph.D. - Dr. Nate May!! Today he defended his dissertation titled "Atmospheric Particle Production from Freshwater and Oceanic Wave-breaking", where he discussed his research involving lake spray aerosol, sea spray aerosol, and chemical education.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Upcoming ACS New Orleans Presentations!

Come check Pratt Lab presentations at the ACS New Orleans meeting!

Sun. 9:35am Talk, Fleur De Lis, CHED 61 (HS environ chem research) - PhD student Nate May
Mon. 8:50am Talk, Rm 349, ENVR 157 (Snow chem CURE) - Nate May
Mon. 12-2pm Poster, Halls D/E, CHED 445 (Single-particle MS) - Undergrad Alexa Watson
Mon. 12-2pm Poster, Halls D/E, CHED 437 (Aerosol volatility) - Undergrad Guy Burke
Mon. 8pm Poster, Halls D/E, CHED 61 (HS environ chem res) - PhD student Nate May
Tues. 11:25am Award Lecture!, Rm 342, ENVR 315 (Arctic halogen chem) - Prof. Kerri Pratt

Friday, February 16, 2018

Polar Science/Mass Spec Post-doc Opening!

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the research lab of Prof. Kerri Pratt (http://prattlab.blogspot.com; http://prattlab.chem.lsa.umich.edu/) in the Departments of Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. The Pratt Lab uses aircraft aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometry, chemical ionization mass spectrometry, ambient ion monitor-ion chromatography, and numerical modeling to study atmospheric chemistry, with a focus on aerosol, trace halogen gas, and snowpack chemistry in the Polar Regions and wintertime environments.

The open position is associated with a Sloan Research Fellowship awarded to Prof. Pratt. The post-doc position is expected to include field deployments, likely to the Arctic and/or Antarctic. Postdoc responsibilities will include participating in and leading field deployments of the aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer, analyzing and interpreting field measurement data, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication. There may be opportunities to participate in chemical education efforts.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD (by appointment start date) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related science or engineering field, with a prior research focus on Atmospheric Chemistry. Fieldwork experience, experience studying aerosols, and experience operating and troubleshooting a field-deployable mass spectrometer (Aerodyne, single-particle, or other) are required. Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team are necessary. Candidates must have experience analyzing atmospheric aerosol field data with demonstrated knowledge of mass spectrometry. Experience using MATLAB and LabVIEW is preferred.

The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on funding and performance.

Please email a CV, cover letter (describing your research experience, interests, career goals, and fit for the position), representative publications, and contact information for 3 references to Prof. Kerri Pratt, email: prattka at umich.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Forbes named Ann Arbor, Michigan the best college town in the US. Ann Arbor is 30 min from the Detroit International Airport, a Delta Airlines hub with non-stop flights to many domestic and international locations. Ann Arbor is ~4 h by train or car from Chicago, ~1 h by train or car from downtown Detroit, and ~5 h by car from Toronto. According to US News & World Report, the University of Michigan is the #4 public school, #15 chemistry graduate school (#7 analytical chemistry), and #8 Earth science graduate school in the US.

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Welcome Kate!

Welcome Kate Hogan to the Pratt Lab! Kate is a senior Chemical Sciences major and veteran U-M Biological Station analytical chemist.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Congratulations to Stephen!

Congratulations to Pratt Lab PhD student Stephen McNamara, who was chosen for an Outstanding Student Paper Award for his oral presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December! This means that Stephen was ranked in the top 5% of student presentations at the national meeting. Way to go Stephen!

Monday, January 22, 2018

New paper showing harmful algal bloom incorporation into lake spray aerosol (ES&T cover feature!)

Congratulations to Pratt Lab PhD student Nate May for his new paper describing the incorporation of biological material into lake spray aerosol from wave-breaking on the Great Lakes. This paper "Aerosol Emissions from Great Lakes Harmful Algal Blooms" was recently published in Environmental Science & Technology and is highlighted on the journal's cover!

Read the related press release from Michigan News!
"Flying Slime: Harmful algal blooms can become airborne"