Lynn R. Mazzoleni

Lynn R. Mazzoleni


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  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • PhD, University of Nevada, Reno

Research Motivation

Atmospheric aerosols and clouds play important roles in determining the Earth’s climate. Trace gases and aerosols, constitute only a tiny fraction of the atmospheric mass, however they interfere with the solar radiative transfer through the atmosphere. Along with molecular scattering and absorption from gases, aerosol particles and clouds determine in part what fraction of solar radiation reaches the Earth’s surface and what fraction of it returns to space. Aerosol particles are especially complex. Particles can exert both a direct effect by reflecting and absorbing solar radiation. They also promote an indirect effect by influencing cloud properties and lifetimes. Water uptake by particles is responsible for haze formation, cloud formation, and can affect the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, thus it is a key indirect effect. Overall, the uncertainty in aerosol radiative forcing is considerably larger than that due to greenhouse gases (IPCC 1996, 2007). This limits our scientific ability to predict future surface temperature changes and to unambiguously detect a greenhouse warming signal. Organic aerosol components arise from a combination of anthropogenic and biogenic sources. These include but are not limited to: biomass combustion, vehicle emissions, meat cooking, secondary reactions, and emissions from plants and animals. The components of aerosol may either by emitted to the atmosphere as fine particulate matter or as gases.

Dr. Mazzoleni's primary research interests are to identify organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments. Her research group uses advanced mass spectrometry (MS) techniques to identify organic molecules from atmospheric complex mixtures. Her group has participated in a number of ambient and laboratory studies and is complying a large database of molecular observations to unravel the complex nature of ambient aerosol. Currently, Dr. Mazzoleni is the lead investigator of collaborative research carried out at the Pico Mountain Observatory in the Azores (PT) to understand the chemical, physical, and radiative properties of North Atlantic free tropospheric aerosol sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Mazzoleni is also co-investigator with Dr. Raymond Shaw for the development of a turbulent cloud chamber also sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The cloud chamber will facilitate novel studies of aqueous aerosol and cloud processing of ambient water soluble gases.

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Research Interests

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations
  • Aqueous reaction pathways

Recent Publications

  • Schultz, M.G., S. Schröder, O. Lyapina, O. Cooper, I. Galbally, I. Petropavlovskikh, E. von Schneidemesser, H. Tanimoto, Y. Elshorbany, M. Naja, R.J. Seguel, U. Dauert, P. Eckhardt, S. Feigenspan, M. Fiebig, A.-G. Hjellbrekke Y.-D. Hong, P.C. Kjeld, H. Koide, G. Lear, D. Tarasick, M. Ueno, M. Wallasch, D. Baumgardner, M.-T. Chuang, R. Gillett, M. Lee, S. Molloy, R. Moolla, T. Wang, K. Sharps, J.A. Adame, G. Ancellet, F. Apadula, P. Artaxo, M.E. Barlasina, M. Bogucka, P. Bonasoni, L. Chang, A. Colomb, E. Cuevas, M. Cupeiro, A. Degorska, A. Ding, M. Fröhlich, M. Frolova, H. Gadhavi, F. Gheusi, S. Gilge, M.Y. Gonzalez, V. Gros, S.H. Hamad, D. Helmig, D. Henriques, O. Hermansen, R. Holla, J. Hueber, U. Im, D.A. Jaffe, N. Komala, D. Kubistin, K.-S. Lam, T. Laurila, H. Lee, I. Levy, C. Mazzoleni, L.R. Mazzoleni, A. McClure-Begley, M. Mohamad, M. Murovec, M. Navarro-Comas, F. Nicodim, D. Parrish, K.A. Read, N. Reid, L. Ries, P. Saxena, J.J. Schwab, Y. Scorgie, I. Senik, P. Simmonds, V. Sinha, A.I. Skorokhod, G. Spain, W. Spangl, R. Spoor, S.R. Springston, K. Steer, M. Steinbacher, E. Suharguniyawan, P. Torre, T. Trickl, L. Weili, R. Weller, X. Xiaobin, L. Xue, M. Zhiqiang, Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report: Database and Metrics Data of Global Surface Ozone Observations, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, In press, 2017.
  • China, S., P.A. Alpert, B. Zhang, S. Schum, K. Dzepina, K. Wright, R.C. Owen, L.R., Mazzoleni, C. Mazzoleni, D.A. Knopf, Ice Cloud Formation Potential by Free Tropospheric Particles from Curriculum Vitae – Lynn R. Mazzoleni Long-Range Transport over the Northern Atlantic Ocean, J. Geophysical Research,, 2017.
  • Zhang, B., R.C. Owen, J.A. Perlinger, D. Helmig, M. Val Martin, L. Kramer, L.R. Mazzoleni and C. Mazzoleni, Ten-Year Chemical Signatures Associated with Long Range Transport Observed in the Free Troposphere Over the Central North Atlantic, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 5: 8, DOI:, 2017.
  • Taylor, N.F., D.R. Collins, D.H. Lowenthal, B. Zielinska, V. Samburova, N. Kumar, A.G. Hallar, L.R. Mazzoleni, I.B. McCubbin, Hygroscopic Growth of Water Soluble Organic Carbon Isolated from Atmospheric Aerosol Collected at U.S. National Parks and Storm Peak Laboratory, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, 2555-2571, doi:10.5194/acp-17-2555-2017, 2017.
  • Kundu, S., R. Fisseha, A.L. Putman, T.A. Rahn, and L.R. Mazzoleni, Molecular Formula Composition of β-Caryophyllene Ozonolysis SOA Formed in Humid and Dry Conditions, Atmospheric Environment, 154, 70–81, 2017.
  • Khaksari, M., L.R. Mazzoleni, C. Ruan, R.T. Kennedy, A.R. Minerick, Determination of Water-Soluble and Fat-Soluble Vitamins in Tears and Blood Serum of Infants and Parents by Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, Experimental Eye Research, 155, 54–63, 2017.
  • Khaksari, M., L.R. Mazzoleni, C. Ruan, R.T. Kennedy, A.R. Minerick, Data Representing Two Separate LC-MS Methods for Detection and Quantification of Water-Soluble and Fat-Soluble Vitamins in Tears and Blood Serum, Data in Brief, 11, 316-330, ISSN 2352-3409,, 2017.
  • Chang, K., J. Bench, M. Brege, W. Cantrell, K. Chandrakar, D. Ciochetto, C. Mazzoleni, L.R. Mazzoleni, D. Niedermeier, R.A. Shaw, A Laboratory Facility to Study Gas-Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in a Turbulent Environment: The Pi Chamber, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97, 2343– 2358, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00203.1, 2016.
  • Helmig, D., M. Munoz, J. Hueber, C. Mazzoleni, L.R. Mazzoleni, R.C. Owen, M. Val-Martin, P. Fialho, C. Plass-Duelmer, P. Palmer, A.C. Lewis, G. Pfister, Climatology and Atmospheric Chemistry of Non-Methane Hydrocarbons Ethane and Propane over the North Atlantic, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000054, 2015. Special Feature on Reactive Gases in the Global Atmosphere.
  • Dzepina, K., C. Mazzoleni, P. Fialho, S. China, B. Zhang, R.C. Owen, D. Helmig, J. Hueber, S. Kumar, J.A. Perlinger, L. Kramer, M.P. Dziobak, M.T. Ampadu, S. Olsen, D.J. Wuebbles, and L.R. Mazzoleni, Molecular Characterization of Free Tropospheric Aerosol Collected at the Pico Mountain Observatory: A Case Study with a Long Range Transported Biomass Burning Plume, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 5047-5068, 2015.

Recent Funding

  • Mazzoleni, L.R., E.S. Kane, A.R. Minerick and D. Minakata, MRI: Acquisition of an Ultrahigh Resolution Mass Spectrometer for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program, 2015-2017.
  • Yatavelli, R.L.N., L.-W.A. Chen, L.R. Mazzoleni and A.C. Watts, Collaborative Research: Nitrogen Partitioning and Evolution of Particulate Organic Nitrogen in Peat Fire Emissions, NSF Atmospheric Chemistry Program, 2015-2017.
  • Cantrell, W., C. Mazzoleni, L.R. Mazzoleni, and R. Shaw, From Aerosol Particles to Cloud Droplets – Acquisition of a Cloud Condensation Nucleus Counter, Michigan Technological University Research for Excellence Fund: Institutional Enhancement, 2015-2016.
  • Mazzoleni, L.R., D. Minakata, W. Cantrell, C. Mazzoleni and R. Shaw, Aqueous Phase Secondary Organic Aerosol: Isoprene Oxidation Products and Cloud Processing, Michigan Technological University Research for Excellence Fund: Research Seed, 2014-2015 (Extended to Aug. 2016).

Teaching Experience

  • CH4210 and CH4212 – Instrumental Analysis
  • CH4222 – Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • CH4290/CH6290 – Advanced Mass Spectrometry Methods
  • ATM5200/CH4800/CH6800 – Chemistry of Aerosols/Hydrometeors