Most Recent Group Photo
Taken Jan 18, 2021
Top row left to right: Max, Ran, Jessica, Tania
Middle row left to right: Chester, Rhea, Steven, Siti
Bottom row left to right: Timothy, Shuang, Vikram, Carter
Ran Zhao (Assistant Professor of Chemistry)
BSc, PhD – University of Toronto
Postdoc – California Institute of Technology
Ran is an enthusiastic Atmospheric Chemist performing active research to understand the role of chemistry in the air that we breathe. He obtained his PhD degree at the University of Toronto in Dr. Jonathan Abbatt’s lab. Ran worked as an NSERC postdoc fellow at California Institute of Technology (Supervisors: Dr. John Seinfeld and Dr. Paul Wennberg) before joining the University of Alberta in 2018. Check out his personal publication list at Reseachgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ran_Zhao2
Jessica Lima Amorim
Jessica obtained her BSc degree at Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brazil. Nominated by her university to the Brazilian Science Without Borders program, Jessica studied English and chemistry at the University of South Carolina (USA), and further completed an internship at the Illinois Institute of Technology (USA). Jessica is interested in research areas focusing on imminent environmental issues faced nowadays. She joined the Zhao group in 2018 as a PhD student and is currently investigating organic chemistry taking place in cloudwater and other atmospheric aqueous phases.
Tania completed her BSc Specialization in Chemistry degree with SIP in 2018 at the University of Alberta. During her undergraduate studies, she joined Dr. Sarah Styler’s group on the analysis of organosulfate formation in dust particles. After her undergraduate project completion, she further acquired research experience in environmental analytical lab at ALS, Calgary, and National Research Council (NRC), Edmonton.
Tania joined the Zhao group in 2018 as a PhD student and is currently working on the development of an HPLC-Fluorescence technique for the analysis of organic peroxides in SOA. Her research goal involves a direct comparison between pre and post-column treatments for detection of organic peroxides in varying sample matrices.
Max Loebel Roson
Max completed a B.Sc in Environmental & Analytical Science and a B.Sc.
Hons. in Chemical Instrumentation at the Limerick Institute of Technology in
Ireland. His undergraduate research focused on the study of matrix effects on
the absorption of heavy metals by macro algae.
Since then, his research interests have expanded towards atmospheric
chemistry. Max joined the Zhao Group as a PhD student in 2018. His research
is now focused on the study of organic aerosol particles emitted from solid fuel
burning. He is now one step closer to completing the ancient Greek Water,
Earth, Wind and Fire transition.
Shuang completed her BSc and MSc degrees in Atmospheric Science from Nanjing University in (MSc – 2018). During the past few years of research, she participated in projects on haze hazards, air quality, and urban climate planning. Since then, Shuang‘s interest in atmospheric chemistry has grown, and she joined the Zhao Group as a PhD student in 2019. Her current research is to study the chemistry of volatile organic compounds, with a particular focus on those emitted by microbes in the indoor environment. She will be taking an approache combining experiments and chemical models.
Xinyang (Timothy) Guo
Timothy completed his BSc degree of Enviornmental Chemistry Specialist at the University of Toronto. His undergraduate research was focusing on the loss of ammonium species from fertilized urban lands. During his undergraduate period, Timothy has developed strong interests and capabilities to work as an atmospheric chemist. Timothy joined the Zhao group in the fall of 2019, and his current research is focusing on the development of an online direct injection mass spectrometer, which can aid in the real-time analysis of ambient aerosol.
Vikram is a visiting doctoral student from Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur in India. He has joined the Zhao Group in January 2021. He completed his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from NIT Jalandhar (India) and MS in Environmental Engineering at IIT Kanpur (India). His past research work includes analysis of absorption and radiative characteristics of brown carbon aerosols in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. He is currently investigating photochemical and aqueous-phase processing of organic aerosols from solid fuel burning.
Chester is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in chemistry. He joined the Zhao Research Group in September 2018. He is extremely passionate about chemistry-based projects that are also applicable to everyday life. His previous work in the group focussed on household humidifiers as a source of indoor particulate matter. He has since moved on to work on an interdisciplinary project on e-cigarettes and vaping. During non-COVID times, Chester enjoys table tennis and plays semi-competitively in tournaments across Alberta.
Siti is an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry and minoring in earth & atmospheric sciences. Her curiosity about the different chemistry that happens in our everyday life led her to join the Zhao Research group in September 2020. Her current project involves determining the air-water partitioning coefficient (also known as the Henry’s law constant) of volatile organic compounds produced specifically from microbes in indoor environments. Apart from chemistry, she also enjoys hiking up mountains and appreciating the scenic views.
Carter is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a combined BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences/BA in Native Studies majoring in Human Dimensions of Environmental Management. He joined the Zhao Research Group in June 2020. His current project is analyzing the implantation and reliability of PurpleAir particulate matter sensors. In addition to the use of these
sensors in times of low air quality (wildfires, pollution, etc.). Apart from school, Carter enjoys hiking, travelling, and biking.
Sophie Shi – undergraduate student, now at U of A Materials Engineering