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Environmental Chemistry

Larry Anderson

Dr. Larry Anderson's research is directed towards improving understanding of urban air quality issues. This work involves three main tasks within his research activities:

  • Development of practical techniques for atmospheric sampling and analysis
  • Collecting and analyzing atmospheric samples
  • Analysis and interpretation of atmospheric concentration data

This research has and continues to focus on a number of air quality issues:

  • Identifying the sources and fate of hazardous air pollutants (air toxics)
  • Understanding the role of motor vehicle emissions as a source of air toxics
  • Understanding the effects of renewable fuels on vehicle emissions
  • Ozone formation and control in urban areas
  • Air quality issues in megacities

Dr. Anderson's research projects often involve developing a practical method for measuring certain compounds in the air.  

Current research includes:

  • a practical method for measuring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) that more directly measures this compound than the commonly used measurement techniques.
  • measure of formaldehyde in the atmosphere by a continuous sampling and analysis technique, rather than one based on collecting samples and returning them to the laboratory for analysis. 
  • setting up a continuous gas chromatographic system that can be operated in the field to continuously sample and analyzed hydrocarbons in the air.

Dr. Anderson's research activities are much more focused on the analysis of data, whether collected by his research group or not, to address some of the problems above. The analysis projects often involve the types of data for which they are working on technique development.  Dr. Anderson's research is also moving increasingly towards issues of sustainable energy and environment.  Renewable energy development must not cause adverse environmental problems in the process.