Welcome to the website of the Griffin Research Group in the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. The research interests of our group lie
broadly in understanding the chemical behavior of trace gases and aerosol
particles in the troposphere. Only if
such behavior is understood can the magnitude of the effects of these species
on human health, climate, visibility, etc. be understood. Our work includes field measurements,
computational modeling, and laboratory experiments. Please browse this site to learn more about
what we are doing, Rob (CV is linked on department home page), his teaching interests, etc. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any
On a personal note, I grew up in Massachusetts and am a big Boston sports fan. I'm married to a wonderful woman (Ann) whom I have known since I was a first-year student in college. We have two terrific, really cute kids (Liam and Meredith). As a family, we love movies (especially Pixar), travel (especially to the beach), and playing and watching sports (Go Owls!). We also have a big yellow dog named Lucy.
Secondary particle formation in the atmosphere,
heterogeneous reactions occurring on atmospheric particle surfaces, analytical
techniques for measuring particle composition, measurement of atmospheric trace gases using laser spectroscopy, air quality modeling with an emphasis on
development of new modules to simulate particle formation.