Dr. Andrew Ault, assistant professor of environmental health sciences and chemistry at the University of Michigan, has been named to the Analytical Scientist magazine’s annual Power List, featuring 40 rising stars under the age of 40 who are already having a big impact on the field of analytical science.
[Photo: Dr. Andrew Ault]
Dr. Ault says his greatest achievement has been developing the first analytical methods to measure the acidity of atmospheric aerosols, both spectroscopically and colorimetrically. “These novel approaches are transforming our understanding of aerosol acidity, which drives haze and smog formation globally, but has traditionally been deemed too difficult to measure,” he says.
“My hope in the next decade is for improved predictions of aerosol impacts on global health and climate through greater understanding of aerosol chemistry,” Dr. Ault says. “This will be enabled by rapid improvement in spectroscopy and mass spectrometry of aerosols, and my goal is to play a major role!”