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Rob Griffin
Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rice University
6100 Main Street MS 519
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-348-2093
Office: 129 Keck Hall
Email: rob.griffin 'at' rice.edu

News

 

Fall 2014

  • Alex Bui joins group as doctoral student.  Welcome!
  • Yu Jun Leong departs for semester as a visiting scientist in a lab at the University of Eastern Finland
  • Group continues measurements for HACHE project; group receives extension of funding from Houston Endowment for additional analyses
  • Griffin represents Rice at the UCAR annual members meeting
  • Griffin presents work at the IGAC meeting at AAAR; collaborative work to be presented at AGU by colleagues from Baylor, UH, and TAMU-G
  • Group receives funding from NSF to assist colleagues from University of Iowa in performance of aerosol sampling in Houston
  • Ana McPhail successfully defends her PhD thesis!  Congratulations!
  • Yu Jun Leong defends doctoral proposal to become official PhD candidate.  Nice work!

Summer 2014

  • Group continues measurements for HACHE project
  • Will Wallace and Yu Jun Leong present work at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society
  • Group receives funding from TCEQ AQRP to continue analysis of field data collected during DISCOVER-AQ
  • Yu Jun Leong defends doctoral proposal to become official PhD candidate.  Nice work!

Spring 2014

  • Undergraduates Erica Chen,  Sam Greivell, and Rocky Wu move on to greener pastures.  Thanks for your contributions and best of luck!
  • Loredana Suciu passes preliminary examination in Earth Science department
  • Manuscript published in Energy and Fuels describing environmental, power, and economic impacts of use of municipal solid waste as a co-fuel in power generation facilities
  • Three manuscripts focused on the development and application of laser-based sensors are published
  • Our first flow tube reactor paper is published in Atmospheric Environment!
  • Group continues measurements for HACHE project
  • Griffin presents work to the Houston Regional Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and the Regional Air Quality Planning Advisory Committee
  • Griffin presents work in a seminar at the UT School of Public Health - Houston and as part of the NASA AQAST meeting held at Rice

Fall 2013

  • Undergraduates Maddie Camp, Erica Chen, Daisy Ding, Sam Greivell, Marcus Keyes, Ben Schulze, and Rocky Wu join group.  Welcome!
  • Griffin represents Rice at the UCAR annual members meeting
  • Group presents work at regional ACS meeting (invited, Waco, TX) and national AGU meeting
  • Griffin participates in NAS- and US Department of State-sponsored symposium on air quality in mega-cities, Irvine, CA
  • Group participates in DISCOVER-AQ field campaign in Houston and begins measurements for HACHE project

Summer 2013

  • Griffin presents research results at TCEQ
  • Will Wallace, Nancy Sanchez, and Loredana Suciu (co-advised) join group.  Welcome!
  • Elliott Gall spends summer as research scientist working with group on analysis of DFW HONO data
  • Group participates in SOAS field campaign in Alabama

Spring 2013

  • Dan Campbell (BS), Owen Gong (PhD), and Emika Ijuin (BS) graduate.  Congratulations and best wishes!
  • Owen Gong receives excellence in research award from Chinese government
  • Research grants awarded by NSF (SOAS campaign), TCEQ AQRP (DISCOVER-AQ campaign), and Houston Endowment (HACHE project)
  • Paper summarizing atmospheric PM published as part of Nature Education, manuscript describing ammonia impact on PM in Houston published in Atmospheric Environment
  • Undergraduates Dan Campbell and Carlos Hernandez join the group, and Ana McPhail becomes co-advised member of group.  Welcome!

Fall 2012

  • NSF awards research grant for participation in the SOAS field campaign in early summer 2013
  • TCEQ AQRP awards research grant to perform field work in Houston, TX during late summer 2013
  • Group presentations made at AGU
  • Group presentations made at AAAR; Owen Gong awarded a Student Assistantship
  • Griffin asked to serve on Scientific Advisory Committee for HARC
  • Undergraduates Emika Ijuin and Mariam Junaid join the group.  Welcome!

Summer 2012

  • Griffin presents research results at TCEQ
  • Post-doctoral scholar Andrew Rutter departs for job at Sonoma Tech.  Thanks for everything and good luck!
  • Basak Karakurt Cevik successfully defends MS thesis and will continue in PhD program.  Congratulations!
  • Two papers describing groups work published, both in Atmospheric Environment: one on field work in Houston and one on chamber studies of mercury-SOA chemistry
  • Griffin travels to Tianjin, China to visit Nankai University to give research seminar and discuss future collaborations
  • Yu Jun Leong and Basak Karakurt Cevik pass preliminary examination... way to go!

Spring 2012

  • Shell Center awards research grant to measure particle number concentrations in Houston
  • Carol Liu successfully defends MS thesis and departs for job as a chemical engineer in Houston (congratulations!)
  • Owen Gong successfully passes proposal examination.  Congratulations!
  • Paper describing organic aerosol characterization in New England published in Journal of Geophysical Research

Fall 2011

  • Graduate students Yu Jun Leong and Jialu Xu join the group.  Welcome to Houston!
  • Group presentations made at AAAR
  • Three papers describing the group's work are published: one in Atmospheric Environment, one in Environmental Science and Technology, and one in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Summer 2011

  • Group presentation made at the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant
  • Group participates in field campaign in Fort Worth, TX
  • Rice undergraduate Caroline Gutierrez joins the group.  Welcome!
  • Kabin Shakya departs for post-doctoral position at UCSD.  Thanks and best wishes!
  • Owen Gong successfully passes preliminary examination.  Congratulations!

Spring 2011

  • Griffin gives seminar at TAMU-Galveston
  • Griffin participates in symposium in honor of Daewon Byun at the University of Houston
  • Undergraduate students Sev Travis and Loliya Bobmanuel receive undergraduate degrees.  Congratulations and best wishes!
  • Kabin Shakya successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis.  Congratulations!
  • TCEQ awards research grant to perform field campaign in Fort Worth, TX during summer 2011

Fall 2010 

  • Four papers describing the group's work are published: two in a SHARP special issue of Atmospheric Environment, one in the Journal of Geophysical Research, and one in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Postdoctoral scholar Andrew Rutter and graduate student Basak Karakurt Cevik join the group.  Welcome to Houston!
  • Post-doctoral scholar Quentin Malloy departs for job at RTI.  Thanks and best wishes!
  • Group presentations made at the International Aerosol Conference, AAAR, and AGU
  • Kabin Shakya awarded a Student Assistantship at AAAR

Summer 2010 

  • Group participates in follow up air quality sampling campaign at the University of Houston
  • Rice undergraduates Loliya Bobmanuel and Melanie Calzada join the group.  Welcome!
  • Two papers describing group’s work appear in the Journal of Geophysical Research and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
  • Griffin gives seminar at UC-Riverside, presentation at Gordon Research Conference on Biogenic Hydrocarbons in the Atmosphere
  • Carol Liu successfully passes preliminary examination.  Congratulations!

Spring 2010 

  • Kabin Shakya passes qualifying exam and is officially a doctoral candidate
  • Three papers describing our group’s work appear in Atmospheric Environment and Aerosol and Air Quality Research.
  • Griffin gives seminar at Columbia University
  • Griffin gives presentation at AirUCI meeting
  • Griffin and Cohan receive Dreyfus Foundation award to support an Environmental Chemistry Fellow

Fall 2009 

  • Graduate students Carol Liu and Owen Gong join the group.  Welcome!
  • Paper describing group’s work published in Science
  • Group presentations made at AGU
  • CARB and NSF award research grants to study NOx effects on SOA formation

Summer 2009 

  • Postdoctoral scholar Quentin Malloy joins the group.  Welcome!
  • Rice undergraduate Sev Travis joins the group.  Welcome!
  • Group participates in the SHARP campaign at the University of Houston
  • Kabin Shakya successfully passes preliminary examination.  Congratulations!

Spring 2009 

  • Kabin Shakya transfers from UNH to Rice.  Welcome to Houston!
  • Papers describing group’s work published in Journal of Geophysical Research and the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association
  • Luke Ziemba, Meredith Cleveland, and Philip Place defend theses (UNH).  Congratulations!
  • Griffin gives seminars at Texas A&M and the University of Houston
  • Griffin joins MIRTHE center to use laser spectroscopy to monitor atmospheric trace gases
  • NASA awards research grant to study heterogeneous particle chemistry
  • Griffin participates in the Katy Independent School District Career Day

Fall 2008 

  • Two papers describing our group’s work published in Atmospheric Environment
  • Group presentations made at AAAR

Summer 2008 

  • Arrival at Rice University after spending summer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO
  • Griffin attends Telluride workshop on organic particles in the atmosphere