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Chongai Kuang

Atmospheric Scientist, EE Aerosol Chem, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department

Chongai Kuang

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 815E, Room 1-45
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-7257
ckuang@bnl.gov

Dr. Kuang's research interests are broadly bounded by the study of atmospheric aerosol physical and chemical processes, focusing specifically on the study of aerosol nucleation and the development of instrumentation to detect newly formed particles down to below 1 nm. Current scientific work is focused on developing microphysical based parameterizations for aerosol nucleation and initial growth for use in large-scale models through intensive field campaigns and controlled laboratory experiments.

Expertise | Research | Education | Appointments | Publications | Awards


Expertise

  • Atmospheric aerosol physical and chemical processes
  • Aerosol measurement and characterization techniques down to 1 nm
  • Secondary formation of atmospheric aerosol

Research Activities

  • Assistant Scientist, Atmospheric Sciences Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton, NY, 11/2011 to present.
  • Research Associate, Atmospheric Sciences Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton, NY, 09/2009 to 10/2011.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 08/2004 to 09/2009.

Education

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering (major) & Nanoparticle Science and Technology (minor)
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., Chemical Engineering (major) & Chemistry (major)

Professional Appointments

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association for Aerosol Research
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Proposal reviewer for German Science Ministry
  • Journal reviewer for Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics
  • Member of Young Investigators Committee for American Association for Aerosol Research
  • Co-leader for New Particle Formation Focus Group in ASR Aerosol Life Cycle Working Group

Selected Publications

  • Zheng G, Wang Y, Wood R, Jensen MP, Kuang C, McCoy IL, Matthews A, Mei F, Tomlinson JM, Shilling JE, Zawadowicz MA, Crosbie E, Moore R, Ziemba L, Andreae MO, Wang J (2021) New particle formation in the remote marine boundary layer. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20773-1
  • Fast JD, Berg LK, Alexander L, Bell D, D'Ambro E, Hubbe J, Kuang C, Liu J, Long C, Matthews A, Mei F, Newsom R, Pekour M, Pinterich T, Schmid B, Schobesberger S, Shilling J, Smith JN, Springston S, Suski K, Thornton JA, Tomlinson J, Wang J, Xiao H, Zelenyuk A (2019) Overview of the HI-SCALE Field Campaign: A New Perspective on Shallow Convective Clouds. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 100:821–840. doi: 10.1175/bams-d-18-0030.1
  • Uin J, Aiken AC, Dubey MK, Kuang C, Pekour M, Salwen C, Sedlacek AJ, Senum G, Smith S, Wang J, Watson TB, Springston SR (2019) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Aerosol Observing Systems (AOS) for Surface-Based In Situ Atmospheric Aerosol and Trace Gas Measurements. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 36:2429–2447. doi: 10.1175/jtech-d-19-0077.1
  • Kuang C (2018) A diethylene glycol condensation particle counter for rapid sizing of sub-3 nm atmospheric clusters. Aerosol Science and Technology 52:1112–1119. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2018.1481279
  • Liu J, Dedrick J, Russell LM, Senum GI, Uin J, Kuang C, Springston SR, Leaitch WR, Aiken AC, Lubin D (2018) High summertime aerosol organic functional group concentrations from marine and seabird sources at Ross Island, Antarctica, during AWARE. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18:8571–8587. doi: 10.5194/acp-18-8571-2018
  • Wimmer D, Buenrostro Mazon S, Manninen HE, Kangasluoma J, Franchin A, Nieminen T, Backman J, Wang J, Kuang C, Krejci R, Brito J, Goncalves Morais F, Martin ST, Artaxo P, Kulmala M, Kerminen V-M, Petäjä T (2018) Ground-based observation of clusters and nucleation-mode particles in the Amazon. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18:13245–13264. doi: 10.5194/acp-18-13245-2018
  • Zheng G, Wang Y, Aiken AC, Gallo F, Jensen MP, Kollias P, Kuang C, Luke E, Springston S, Uin J, Wood R, Wang J (2018) Marine boundary layer aerosol in the eastern North Atlantic: seasonal variations and key controlling processes. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18:17615–17635. doi: 10.5194/acp-18-17615-2018
  • Hering SV, Lewis GS, Spielman SR, Eiguren-Fernandez A, Kreisberg NM, Kuang C, Attoui M (2016) Detection near 1-nm with a laminar-flow, water-based condensation particle counter. Aerosol Science and Technology 51:354–362. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2016.1262531
  • Martin ST, Artaxo P, Machado L, Manzi AO, Souza RAF, et al. (2017) The Green Ocean Amazon Experiment (GoAmazon2014/5) Observes Pollution Affecting Gases, Aerosols, Clouds, and Rainfall over the Rain Forest. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98:981–997. doi: 10.1175/bams-d-15-00221.1
  • Shrivastava M, Cappa CD, Fan J, Goldstein AH, Guenther AB, Jimenez JL, Kuang C, Laskin A, Martin ST, Ng NL, Petaja T, Pierce JR, Rasch PJ, Roldin P, Seinfeld JH, Shilling J, Smith JN, Thornton JA, Volkamer R, Wang J, Worsnop DR, Zaveri RA, Zelenyuk A, Zhang Q (2017) Recent advances in understanding secondary organic aerosol: Implications for global climate forcing. Reviews of Geophysics 55:509–559. doi: 10.1002/2016rg000540
  • Spielman SR, Hering SV, Kuang C, Wang J (2017) Preliminary investigation of a water-based method for fast integrating mobility spectrometry. Aerosol Science and Technology 51:1223–1230. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2017.1338338
  • Thalman R, de Sá SS, Palm BB, Barbosa HMJ, Pöhlker ML, Alexander ML, Brito J, Carbone S, Castillo P, Day DA, Kuang C, Manzi A, Ng NL, Sedlacek III AJ, Souza R, Springston S, Watson T, Pöhlker C, Pöschl U, Andreae MO, Artaxo P, Jimenez JL, Martin ST, Wang J (2017) CCN activity and organic hygroscopicity of aerosols downwind of an urban region in central Amazonia: seasonal and diel variations and impact of anthropogenic emissions. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17:11779–11801. doi: 10.5194/acp-17-11779-2017
  • Wang J, Krejci R, Giangrande S, Kuang C, Barbosa HMJ, Brito J, Carbone S, Chi X, Comstock J, Ditas F, Lavric J, Manninen HE, Mei F, Moran-Zuloaga D, Pöhlker C, Pöhlker ML, Saturno J, Schmid B, Souza RAF, Springston SR, Tomlinson JM, Toto T, Walter D, Wimmer D, Smith JN, Kulmala M, Machado LAT, Artaxo P, Andreae MO, Petäjä T, Martin ST (2016) Amazon boundary layer aerosol concentration sustained by vertical transport during rainfall. Nature 539:416–419. doi: 10.1038/nature19819
  • Kangasluoma J, Kuang C, Wimmer D, Rissanen MP, Lehtipalo K, Ehn M, Worsnop DR, Wang J, Kulmala M, Petäjä T (2014) Sub-3 nm particle size and composition dependent response of a nano-CPC battery. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 7:689–700. doi: 10.5194/amt-7-689-2014
  • Yu H, Gannet Hallar A, You Y, Sedlacek A, Springston S, Kanawade VP, Lee Y-N, Wang J, Kuang C, McGraw RL, McCubbin I, Mikkila J, Lee S-H (2014) Sub-3 nm particles observed at the coastal and continental sites in the United States. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 119:860–879. doi: 10.1002/2013jd020841
  • D'Andrea SD, Häkkinen SAK, Westervelt DM, Kuang C, Levin EJT, Kanawade VP, Leaitch WR, Spracklen DV, Riipinen I, Pierce JR (2013) Understanding global secondary organic aerosol amount and size-resolved condensational behavior. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13:11519–11534. doi: 10.5194/acp-13-11519-2013
  • Wang J, McGraw RL, Kuang C (2013) Growth of atmospheric nano-particles by heterogeneous nucleation of organic vapor. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13:6523–6531. doi: 10.5194/acp-13-6523-2013
  • Chen M, Titcombe M, Jiang J, Jen C, Kuang C, Fischer ML, Eisele FL, Siepmann JI, Hanson DR, Zhao J, McMurry PH (2012) Acid-base chemical reaction model for nucleation rates in the polluted atmospheric boundary layer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:18713–18718. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1210285109
  • Kuang C, Chen M, McMurry PH, Wang J (2012) Modification of Laminar Flow Ultrafine Condensation Particle Counters for the Enhanced Detection of 1 nm Condensation Nuclei. Aerosol Science and Technology 46:309–315. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2011.626815
  • Kuang C, Chen M, Zhao J, Smith J, McMurry PH, Wang J (2012) Size and time-resolved growth rate measurements of 1 to 5 nm freshly formed atmospheric nuclei. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12:3573–3589. doi: 10.5194/acp-12-3573-2012
  • McGraw R, Wang J, Kuang C (2012) Kinetics of Heterogeneous Nucleation in Supersaturated Vapor: Fundamental Limits to Neutral Particle Detection Revisited. Aerosol Science and Technology 46:1053–1064. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2012.687844
  • Wang J, McGraw RL, Kuang C (2012) Flux induced growth of atmospheric nano-particles by organic vapors. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 12:22813–22833. doi: 10.5194/acpd-12-22813-2012
  • Zaveri RA, Shaw WJ, Cziczo DJ, Schmid B, Ferrare RA, et al. (2012) Overview of the 2010 Carbonaceous Aerosols and Radiative Effects Study (CARES). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12:7647–7687. doi: 10.5194/acp-12-7647-2012
  • Jiang J, Chen M, Kuang C, Attoui M, McMurry PH (2011) Electrical Mobility Spectrometer Using a Diethylene Glycol Condensation Particle Counter for Measurement of Aerosol Size Distributions Down to 1 nm. Aerosol Science and Technology 45:510–521. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2010.547538
  • Zhao J, Smith JN, Eisele FL, Chen M, Kuang C, McMurry PH (2011) Observation of neutral sulfuric acid-amine containing clusters in laboratory and ambient measurements. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11:10823–10836. doi: 10.5194/acp-11-10823-2011
  • Kurtén T, Kuang C, Gómez P, McMurry PH, Vehkamäki H, Ortega I, Noppel M, Kulmala M (2010) The role of cluster energy nonaccommodation in atmospheric sulfuric acid nucleation. The Journal of Chemical Physics 132:024304. doi: 10.1063/1.3291213

Awards & Recognition

American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) Sheldon K. Friedlander Award, August 2012

Chongai Kuang

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 815E, Room 1-45
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-7257
ckuang@bnl.gov

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