Dr. Arthur J. Sedlacek is an atmospheric chemist within the Environmental Sciences Department where he also serves at technical manager for the Aerosol Direct Effects group. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Utah where his thesis research focused on the use of infrared and Raman spectroscopies to follow reaction dynamics in both amorphous solids and in the gas phase. His post-doctoral research centered on understanding the complex energy transfer mechanisms and reaction dynamics associated with highly-vibrationally excited molecules. After joining the BNL scientific staff in 1992, he helped establish the first-ever remote sensing program at BNL and in 1999, Dr. Sedlacek’s group designed the first ever Raman lidar system specifically for the short-range, in situ, non-contact detection and identification of ground contamination. This groundbreaking work, developed to support civilian First Responders and Haz/Mat professionals, was awarded a patent in 2003.
Since joining the Environmental Sciences Department in 2004, Dr. Sedlacek’s research has focused on elucidating the contribution black carbon has to aerosol direct radiative forcing. This work resulted in the development of a new instrument, based on photothermal interferometry, for the in situ measurement of black carbon. More recently, he has expanded his research interests to examine how atmospheric aging affects both the optical and microphysica properties of black carbon. Dr. Sedlacek has organized several symposia on the application of lidar and vibrational spectroscopy for chemical and biological sensing. He has presented the results of his research at numerous national and international forums, through invited talks and in peer-reviewed publications.
A. J. Sedlacek, III, E. R. Lewis, T. B. Onasch, A. T. Lambe, and P. Davidovits, Probing Refractory Black Carbon-Containing Particle Configuration with a Single-Particle Soot Photometer (SP2) – (manuscript in preparation)
L. K. Berg, E. G. Chapman, J. C. Barnard, D. Chand, R. C. Easter, J. D. Fast, S. J. Ghan, M. K. Gilles, A. Laskin, X. Liu, A. McComiskey, R. McGraw, R. C. Moffett, M. D. Petters, N. Riemer, A. J. Sedlacek III, J. M. Wilson, R. A. Zaveri, A. Zelenyuk, and C. M. Berkowitz (2013) Understanding Aerosol Mixing State: A Cloudy Issue Requiring Resolution For The Next Generation Of Climate Models (submitted to Bulletin of American Meteorological Society)
H. Yu, A. G. Hallar, A. J. Sedlacek III, S. Springston, V. P. Kanawade, Y. You, Y-N. Lee, J. Wang, C. Kuang, R. L. McGraw, I. McCubbin, J. Mikkila and S-H. Lee (2013) Nighttime Sub-3 nm Particles Observed in the Coastal Atmosphere (under review; J. Geophys. Res.)
J. E. Shilling, R. A. Zaveri, J. D. Fast, L. Kleinman, M. L.
Alexander, M. R. Canagaratna, E. Fortner, J. M. Hubbe, J. T. Jayne, A.
J. Sedlacek III, A. Setyan, S. Springston, D. R. Worsnop, and Q. Zhang
(2013) Enhanced SOA formation from mixed anthropogenic and biogenic
emissions during the CARES campaign, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 2091–2113,
Zaveri, R. A., plus 88 co-authors (2012) Overview of the 2010 Carbonaceous Aerosols and Radiative Effects Study (CARES). Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 7647-7687.
Sedlacek, III, Arthur, E. R. Lewis, L. I. Kleinman, J. Xu and Q. Zhang (2012), Determination of and Evidence for Non-core-shell structure of particles containing black carbon using the single particle soot photometer (SP2). Geophys. Res. Lett., 39 L06802, doi:10.1029/2012GL050905.
Kleinman, L. I., P. H. Daum, Y.-N. Lee, E. R. Lewis, A. J. Sedlacek III, G. I. Senum, S. R. Springston, J. Wang, J. Hubbe, J. Jayne, Q. Mi4, S.S. Yum, and G. Allen (2012) Aerosol concentration and size distribution measured below, in, and above cloud from the DOE G-1 during VOCALS-REx , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 207-223, doi:10.5194/acp-12-207-2012.
Lewis, E. R. and A. J. Sedlacek, III (2011) Interactive comment on “Effective density of Aquadag and fullerene soot black carbon reference materials used for SP2 calibration” by M. Gysel et al. Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 4, 4937-4955.
Cross, Eben S., T. B. Onasch, A. Ahern, W. Wrobel, J. G. Slowik, J. Olfert, D. A. Lack, P. Massoli, C. D. Cappa, J. P. Schwarz, J. R. Spackman, D W. Fahey, Arthur J. Sedlacek, III, A. Trimborn, J. T. Jayne, A. Freedman, L. R. Williams, N. L. Ng, C. Mazzoleni, D. Dubey, B. Brem, G. Kok, R. Subramanian, S. Freitag, A. Clarke, D. Thornhill, L. C. Marr, C. E. Kolb, D. R. Worsnop, and P. Davidovits, Soot Particle Studies – Instrument Intercomparison – Project Overview, Aerosol Sci. Tech. 44 (8), 592-611 (2010).
Springston, Stephen R. and Arthur J. Sedlacek, III, Noise Characteristics of an Instrumental Particle Absorbance Technique, Aerosol Sci. Tech. 41 (12), 1110-1116 (2007).
Arthur J. Sedlacek, III and Jeonghoon Lee, Photothermal Interferometric Aerosol Absorption Spectrometry, Aerosol Sci. Tech. 41 (12), 1089-1101 (2007).
Arthur J. Sedlacek, III, Real-time Detection of Ambient Aerosols using Photothermal Interferometry: Folded Jamin Interferometer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77 064903 (2006).
Heiser, John H., and Arthur J. Sedlacek, III, Using Lidar to Measure Perfluorocarbon Tracers for the Verification and Monitoring of Cap and Cover Systems, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 170 345-357 (2006).
Vig, John, E. Heijne, W. Hunt, R. Lareau, Arthur J. Sedlacek, III, T. Swager, E. Towe, Guest Editor for a special issue of the peer-reviewed IEEE Sensors Journal entitled: “Sensors for the Prevention of Terrorist Acts” Volume 5 (4) (2005).
Sedlacek III, Arthur. J., M. D. Ray and M. Wu, Application of UV Raman Scattering to Non- Traditional Stand-off Chemical Detection, Trends in Applied Spectroscopy. 5, 19-38 (2004).
Sedlacek III, Arthur J., Steven D. Christesen, Richard Colton and Tuan VoDinh; Editors SPIE Proceedings: Chemical and Biological Point Sensors for Homeland Defense , October 27- 31, 2003 in Providence, RI, 5269 (2003).
T. H. Chyba, N. S. Higdon, W. T. Armstrong, C.T. Lobb, P. L. Ponsardin, D. A. Richter, B. T. Kelly, Q. Bui, R. Babnick, M. K. Boysworth, Arthur J. Sedlacek, S. D. Christesen, M. P. Sennett, A. A. Johnson, J. A. Nordin, and L. A Silks, Tests of the Laser Interrogation of Surface Agents (LISA) system for on-the-move Standoff Sensing of Chemical Agents, International Symposium on Spectral Sensing Research (ISSSR) 2003 proceedings.