Direct measurement of elusive intermediates

Speaker: Craig Taatjes, Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratory

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Location: Room 2A305, DSRC (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder
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Understanding many important chemical reaction systems, for example combustion or the chemistry of Earth's troposphere, demands knowing the fate of certain elusive intermediate species. Laboratory measurements aim at isolating these intermediates and studying their reactions directly. I will discuss recent progress in investigating the reactions of important tropospheric intermediates and highlight where measurements of rate coefficients and products of these reactions have been of interest to the atmospheric chemistry community.

Craig Taatjes is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility in Livermore, California. His research focuses on kinetics and mechanisms of fundamental chemical reactions that are important in combustion and hydrocarbon oxidation. Craig received a PhD from the University of Colorado, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Amsterdam. He has been a visiting fellow of JILA and a Benjamin Meaker visiting professor at the University of Bristol. In 2014, he was honored with the Polanyi Medal at the International Symposium on Gas Kinetics.