Group Members


Photo Andi Zuend

Dr. Andreas (Andi) Zuend, Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
He obtained his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland, for his thesis conducted in the Atmospheric Chemistry group of Prof. Thomas Peter. His postdoctoral research was carried out at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the group of Prof. John H. Seinfeld and at ETH Zurich.

Office: Burnside Hall, Room 809


Photo Kyle Gorkowski

Dr. Kyle Gorkowski, Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Zuend and Dr. Preston.
Kyle conducted his Ph.D. work at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA) as a part of Dr. Ryan Sullivan’s and Dr. Neil Donahue’s research groups in the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. His Ph.D. work focused on the development of experimental methods for the aerosol optical tweezers and new analysis algorithms for Whispering Gallery Modes. The research theme centered around liquid-liquid equilibrium of laboratory generated secondary organic aerosol. In Dr. Zuend’s group, Kyle is developing computationally efficient numerical models of atmospheric aerosols. The overarching goal is to make the next generation of aerosol thermodynamic models. These models are used in large-scale simulations of the atmosphere to predict regional air pollution and the long-term impacts of climate change.

Office: Burnside Hall, Room 825

PhD Students

Photo Dalrin Ampritta Amaladhasan

Dalrin Ampritta Amaladhasan, PhD student in Prof. Zuend’s group since 2014.
Ampritta's current research involves the development of software tools for the automated classification of organic aerosol compounds' functional groups using cheminformatics API and incorporating it in structure–property predictive models, such as the AIOMFAC model. Her future research will focus on improving simulations of gas–particle partitioning of aerosol components using state-of-the-art chemical mechanisms with group contribution methods for vapor pressure estimation and particle-phase thermodynamics in a box model.

Office: Burnside Hall, Room 844

MSc Students

Alexandre Shanks, MSc student.
Alex received his BSc in mathematics from McGill University and is currently working on his MSc in Atmospheric Sciences. A self-professed math lover, his current research involves predicting the formation of secondary organic aerosols downwind of the Athabasca oil sands using the AIOMFAC model to predict gas-particle partitioning. These results can be used to gain insight on how bitumen extraction affects aerosol concentration and consequently the impact on air quality and climate that these processes have.

Office: Burnside Hall, Room 844

Photo Natalie Gervasi

Natalie Gervasi, MSc student, who joined the group in fall 2017.
Natalie received her BSc in physics from McMaster University and had previously gained some research experience in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics as part of a co-op work term in our group. Her research project involves the development of a group-contribution model to predict the mixture viscosity and related characteristic diffusivities of atmospherically relevant aqueous organic aerosol particles using a thermodynamic approach.

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Undergraduate Students

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Former Group Members

  • Jin Ma, a former PhD student.
  • Anthony Di Stefano, a former undergraduate student.
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