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 the department home page), his teaching interests, etc. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
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!).
My Background: I received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering Science in 2000 from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Since 2000, I've held various academic positions, the most recent of which is Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. My field of expertise is atmospheric chemistry, with a focus specifically on field campaigns, laboratory experiments, and computational simulations that elucidate the processes that lead to particulate matter formation in the troposphere. I've published more than 100 scientific papers in this field and pas recipient of both a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Faculty Fellowship. Currently I serve as a scientific advisory committee member for several groups interested in air quality in Texas and also as a member of the American Association for Aerosol Research, the American Geophysical Union, the American Chemical Society, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.