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, April 23, 2015

Congratulations Jenny, Mark, & Alexa!

Congratulations to Jennifer Berry for being awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry Award!  This award was given to one graduating senior from the University of Michigan Department of Chemistry.  Jenny will continue her research in the Pratt lab through the summer and then start graduate school in the fall at the University of Colorado, Boulder to pursue a PhD in Chemistry.

Congratulations to Mark Hartwig and Alexa Watson for being chosen to be part of the 2015 Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program!  Mark is a rising senior undergraduate chemistry major, and Alexa is a rising sophomore undergraduate biochemistry major.  They will start undergraduate research in the Pratt lab in May!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Michigan Geophysical Union Symposium

On Wednesday April 1, 2015, Pratt lab graduate students Nate May, Matt Gunsch, and Eric Boone and undergraduate student Evan Schwartz (me) presented posters at the 12th Annual Michigan Geophysical Union Symposium.  Each participant was judged by two separate judges, and poster scores were separated into categories by department.  Rebecca Craig, second year graduate student in the Ault lab, and Matt Gunsch won 1st and 2nd place for the chemistry department, and I was fortunate enough to win the overall Student Choice award for the event.  Congratulations to all the participants on a great job!

Left to Right: Rebecca Craig (Ault Lab), Matt Gunsch, and Evan Schwartz
Photo Credit: Rebecca Craig

Graduate Student Matt Gunsch
Photo Credit: Laura Hopkins

Graduate Student Eric Boone
Photo Credit: Laura Hopkins

Graduate Student Nate May
Photo Credit: Laura Hopkins

Undergraduate Student Evan Schwartz (Myself)
Photo Credit: Nate May

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Welcome Dr. Peter Peterson!

Welcome to our new post-doc Dr. Peter Peterson from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks!  Peter will be working on our NASA project to examine Arctic bromine chemistry by analyzing and modeling aircraft data in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg and University of East Anglia.