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Schwartz Family Distinguished Lecture: Jonathan Abbatt

Tuesday, April 16 | 3:30 PM

Uncas A. Whitaker Hall, Room 100
6760 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA

The Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE) invites you to the Schwartz Family Distinguished Lecture featuring Professor Jonathan Abbatt from the University of Toronto's Department of Chemistry.

Talk title: "The sources and fate of chemical contaminants in indoor environments "

Abstract: Our indoor spaces are highly chemically complex environments, with many contaminants in the air that we breathe and on the surfaces we touch. It is in these indoor spaces where we work and recreate that we gain substantial chemical exposure, via inhalation, non-dietary ingestion, and dermal exposure. Recent research has illustrated not only the extent of this chemical diversity – so that we are routinely exposed to thousands and thousands of chemicals – but also the additional complexity that arises through reactive processes that occur indoors. This seminar will first introduce the subject of indoor chemistry. Then, through analysis of both laboratory and field experiments, it will illustrate the impacts that ventilation, cooking, cleaning, and smoking have on indoor chemical complexity and our exposure to contaminants.    

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McKelvey School of Engineering


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Speaker Information

Jonathan Abbatt is an atmospheric chemist who performs both laboratory and field studies related to aerosol and multiphase chemistry in the atmosphere. His most recent research interests have been in the fields of biomass burning, indoor chemistry, and Arctic chemistry.  He obtained his PhD at Harvard in 1990, and then worked at MIT (postdoc) and University of Chicago (assistant, associate professor) before returning in 2000 to Canada as a full professor in the University of Toronto chemistry department. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Geophysical Union.

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