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Richie Kaur

 rkaur

Ph.D Candidate

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Plant and Environmental Sciences 3129

Plant and Environmental Sciences 3127

rikaur@ucdavis.edu

 

Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry; 2012-Present

University of California Davis

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.); 2009

Maharshi Dayanand University, India

Master of Science, Chemistry; 2008

University of Delhi, India

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry (Honors); 2006

University of Delhi, India

RESEARCH TOPIC

Atmospheric particles affect human health and the environment as well as climate change. The processes behind particle formation are not completely understood, especially the reactions that occur in the aqueous phase i.e. in fog and cloud drops. Photochemically generated oxidant species play an important role in transformation of volatile organic compounds in fog droplets.  Triplet excited states of dissolved organic matter or simply the “triplets” are a class of photooxidants that are important in surface waters and react rapidly with phenols, anilines and phenylurea herbicides. However, not much is known about the reactions triplets in the atmosphere. My research focusses on characterizing the triplets and other significant photooxidants in ambient fog waters and studying the kinetics of the reactions of triplets with various ubiquitous organic compounds and classes.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. Kaur R., Anastasio C., Photoformation of Significant Photooxidants in Illuminated Fog Waters, Part 1: Hydroxyl Radical, Singlet Oxygen and Light Absorption (In Preparation)
  2. Kaur R., Anastasio C., Photoformation of Significant Photooxidants in Illuminated Fog Waters, Part 2: Triplet Excited States of Organic Matter and Other Oxidants (In Preparation)
  3. Kaur R., Anastasio C., “Photoformation of Triplet Excited States and other Oxidants in Fog Waters and Their Impact on Fog Processing of Organic Compounds” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2014, Oral Presentation.
  4. Kaur R., Anastasio C., “ Photoformation of Triplet Excited States and other Oxidants in Fog Waters and Their Impact on Fog Processing of Organic Compounds” Atmospheric Chemical Mechanisms Meeting, Davis CA, 2014, Poster Presentation.

AWARDS AND HONORS

UC Davis Graduate Studies Dean’s Fellowship 2015-16

Jastro Shields Research Award, 2015

Donald G. Crosby Environmental Chemistry Fellowship, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17

Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group Fellowship, 2012-13

Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group Summer Block Grant, 2013

Chief Editor, College Chemistry Department Magazine, 2004-06

President, High School Student Body, 2001-02

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant, ATM6 Fall 2013, Fall 2014

Reader, ATM160 Winter 2014

Chemistry Teacher (Grades 5-11), Mumbai, India, Apr 2010- Apr 2011

Chemistry Teacher (Grades 9-11), Navi Mumbai, India, Oct 2009- Mar 2010