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Co-Director, RT1 Lead

Prof. Vicki H. Grassian

Vicki H. Grassian received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany. From there, she did her graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1982) and the University of California-Berkeley (Ph.D., 1987). Following postdoctoral positions, she began her independent academic career at the University of Iowa as an Assistant Professor.  At Iowa, Professor Grassian rose through the academic ranks and in 2010 was named the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Chemistry in the Department of…

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Vicki H. Grassian received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany. From there, she did her graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1982) and the University of California-Berkeley (Ph.D., 1987). Following postdoctoral positions, she began her independent academic career at the University of Iowa as an Assistant Professor.  At Iowa, Professor Grassian rose through the academic ranks and in 2010 was named the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry with appointments in the Departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Occupational and Environmental Health. She was also appointed the Director of the newly formed Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute by the Vice President for Research, a position she held for a decade and directed the Nanotoxicology Core of the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Research Center in the College of Public Health.  In 2013, Professor Grassian became co-Director of the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment, a multi-institutional NSF-Chemical Center of Innovation headquartered at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) campus. In January 2016, she joined the faculty at UC San Diego as Distinguished Professor with appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nanoengineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography and holds the Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  In August 2016, she was appointed Associate Dean of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego.

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Research Interests

Professor Grassian’s research interests are in the areas of environmental molecular surface science, heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, climate impact of atmospheric aerosols, and environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

CAICE Research Interests
The Grassian research group interests are in understanding the physicochemical properties of sea spray aerosol and the sea surface microlayer. These properties include water interactions, heterogeneous chemistry and photochemistry. These properties impact atmospheric chemistry and climate which make them important to fully understand.

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Awards & Academic Honors

2016  Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry, UC San Diego
2015  Chartered Chemist – Royal Society of Chemistry
2014  UI Scholar of the Year Award, Office of VP for Research & Economic Development
2014  Royal Society of Chemistry John Jeyes Award
2014  Midwest American Chemical Society Award
2011  Fellow, American Chemical Society
2010  Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
2010  Fellow, AVS
2008  UI Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award
2006  UI Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
2005  Fellow, American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS)