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 atmospheric trace gases, particles, snow, and clouds and their interactions with the biosphere (forests) and cryosphere (snow and sea ice). Our interdisciplinary research has relevance to climate change, air quality, and human health. As an analytical chemistry lab, we primarily use novel mass spectrometry techniques during our field research. We invite you to follow our adventures in (and outside!) the lab!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Welcome to Nate, Jennifer, and Ryan! A first-year chemistry graduate student from Santa Clara University, Nate May is rotating in the Pratt Lab this fall. Jennifer Berry is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry and Program in the Environment. Ryan Tedd is a freshman undergraduate student participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Prof. Kerri Pratt was awarded user access to high-resolution mass spectrometers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. Pratt is the lead principal investigator of the grant titled "Chemical Characterization of Atmospheric Aerosols and Cloud Water using High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry and Single-Particle Microscopy". Co-principal investigators include Prof. Andrew Ault (University of Michigan), Prof. Paul Shepson (Purdue University), and Prof. Steve Bertman (Western Michigan University). This effort will allow analysis of samples collected during the Southern Oxidants and Aerosol Study from June-July 2013 in Alabama. Pratt will continue collaboration with Dr. Alexander Laskin at PNNL as part of this award, which provides Pratt with user time on the 6T FTICR-MS and environmental research LTQ-Orbitrap with nano-DESI capability.