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!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Party!

Front: Matt Gunsch, Amy Bondy (Ault lab), Jillian Cellini, Becky Craig (Ault lab), Jenny Berry
Back: Dan Gardner (Ault lab), Nate May (with the dancing cat!), Eric Boone, Prof. Kerri Pratt

Monday, December 9, 2013

Multi-talented Graduate Students

Back: Nate May, Dan Gardner (hiding!), Eric Boone
Front: Amy Bondy, Becky Craig, Matt Gunsch, Jill Cellini
Feeling confident in their ability as chemists, the Pratt and Ault labs decided to try their hands in a new field this past weekend. Thanks to Paint and Pour for the picture!

Friday, November 15, 2013

2013 MCubed Symposium

To communicate our research plans for our recently funded MCubed project in collaboration with Professor Andy Ault and Professor Eric Kort, I presented a poster during the inaugural MCubed Symposium on November 15th, 2013 at the University of Michigan. You can read more about our proposed study on the MCubed website.
Matt Gunsch (second year grad student) 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Congrats to Matt!

Congratulations to second-year PhD student Matt Gunsch for receiving a Graduate Student Research Grant from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium

To communicate some of the progress made on her Arctic aerosol research project, senior undergrad Jillian Cellini presented a poster on her research at the first annual Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ATOFMS from Clarkson University!

While at the Atmospheric Chemistry Gordon Research Conference in July, Prof. Kerri Pratt and Prof. Andy Ault had a fantastic discussion with Prof. Philip Hopke at Clarkson University that led to our recent trip to Potsdam, NY!  Prof. Hopke is the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and the director of the Clarkson University Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science and Institute for a Sustainable Environment.
Prof. Hopke is graciously loaning us his aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer (ATOFMS) for the real-time measurement of the size and chemistry of individual atmospheric particles.  During the trip, Prof. Pratt and Prof. Ault also met with many fantastic engineering faculty whose research focuses on atmospheric particles relating to human health and air quality, and gave seminars in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Beautiful fall colors in Potsdam, NY from the view of our rental box truck.
Prof. Phil Hopke, Prof. Andy Ault, & Prof. Kerri Pratt with the ATOFMS at Clarkson University.
Getting ready to drive back to Michigan - Prof. Kerri Pratt with the ATOFMS in the box truck.
Chemistry graduate student Nate May posing with the ATOFMS at the University of Michigan.  Nate's rotation project will focus on getting the instrument running in tip-top shape!
Thank you very much Prof. Phil Hopke!  We are incredibly grateful for your generosity!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

New Fall Group Photo!

Left to Right:
Matt Gunsch (graduate student)
Jennifer Berry (junior, Chemistry & Program in the Environment)
Prof. Kerri Pratt
Eric Boone (rotation graduate student)
Jillian Cellini (senior, Earth Systems Science)
Nate May (rotation graduate student)
Not shown: Ryan Tedd (freshman, Engineering)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Congrats to Jennifer!

Congratulations to Pratt lab undergraduate researcher Jennifer Berry who was accepted into the EcoQuest program to study abroad in New Zealand for the winter 2014 semester!  She will conduct field research toward her University of Michigan Program in the Environment major.  We will miss you and look forward to you coming back to us in the spring!  We wish you a safe and fantastic trip!