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Clarkson University Ph.D. Student Wins Poster Award for Air Pollution Research
Air pollution in developed countries has decreased over the last few decades thanks to stricter regulations on major emission sources such as cars and trucks, but emissions from devices such as residential wood stoves remain relatively uncontrolled.
No experimental study has focused on chemical reactions of wood smoke in wintertime atmosphere, when wood stoves are most likely to contribute to regional air pollution.
Clarkson University chemical engineering Ph.D. student Vikram Pratap, of Uttar Pradesh, India, is working to better understand how much pollution is generated by these stoves and how wood smoke evolves chemically and physically in the atmosphere.
Pratap won a student poster award at the American Association for Aerosol Research's 35th annual conference in Portland, Ore., for his research, "Lifetime Evaluation of Biomass Burning Markers in Low Temperature Conditions."
AAAR is a nonprofit professional organization for scientists and engineers who wish to promote and communicate technical advances in the field of aerosol research.
Pratap's adviser, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Shunsuke Nakao, said his study provides a new look at the chemical reaction of wood smoke in the atmosphere during low temperature conditions.
"In order to understand the impact of stoves on air pollution, we need to understand what kind of chemistry happens to the smoke after it is emitted from the chimney and it spends some time in the atmosphere," Nakao said. "Virtually all the previous studies have been done in room temperature conditions and not in winter conditions, when people are most likely to use stoves."
View the abstract at http://aaarabstracts.com/2016/viewabstract.php?pid=426 .
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Photo caption: Clarkson University chemical engineering Ph.D. student Vikram Pratap has won a student poster award at the American Association for Aerosol Research's 35th annual conference for his research, "Lifetime Evaluation of Biomass Burning Markers in Low Temperature Conditions."
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