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, August 18, 2014

Congrats to Eric!

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Prof. Pratt gives invited talk at ACS Mtg

Prof. Kerri Pratt gave an invited talk today about graduate student Eric Boone's cloud water chemistry research project at the 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting ("Chemistry of Atmospheric Nitrogen-Containing Compounds" session) in San Francisco, CA!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Notre Dame

On Friday Summer REU Chemistry student Michael Weber, Summer SURP students Wuliang Zhang and Zhuoyu Peng, and high school students Jackelyn Rodriguez and Desmond Madu presented their summer research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) at the University of Notre Dame! We were able to present their work at the poster session, discuss research performed by fellow undergraduate researchers, and network with professors at the University of Notre Dame. It was also excellent practice for future presentations at larger conferences. Congratulations to all!
Summer REU Chemistry student Michael Weber

Summer SURP student Zhuoyu Peng

Summer SURP student Wuliang Zhang

High school students Desmond Madu (left) and Jackelyn Rodriguez (right)

Thank you to Dr. Jess Axson (Ault group post-doc) for accompanying Desmond and Jackelyn to this symposium!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Research Students Visit UMBS!

Summer REU Chemistry student Michael Weber, summer REU Physics student Katherine De Los Santos, and summer SROP student Clarence Pace III (Ault Lab) all had to opportunity to visit and tour the University of Michigan Biological Station and the PROPHET Tower last week! Guided by Prof. Kerri Pratt, Prof. Andy Ault, and graduate student Nate May, we saw how the researchers work and live at a field site. Aside from exploring the facilities, staying on-site in UMBS cabins, and meeting other summer researchers, we also had the opportunity to climb PROPHET tower and investigate how the labs collect atmospheric air samples!

Summer SROP student Clarence Pace III (left) and REU Chemistry student Michael Weber (right) atop the PROPHET tower at UMBS

Summer REU Physics student Katherine De Los Santos atop the PROPHET tower at UMBS

Thanks to all who made the trip possible including Prof. Kerri Pratt, Prof. Andy Ault, Nate May, and Dr. Kirsti Ashworth, as well as Prof. Myron Campbell for suggesting the trip early on!