Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen

Position Title
Assistant Professor

  • Atmospheric / Environmental Chemistry
4113 Meyer Hall

Our lab is interested in the fundamental chemistry that shapes the composition of the atmosphere, including: how anthropogenic emissions modify atmospheric oxidation reactions, how aqueous chemistry proceeds in microscopic vessels such as cloud/fog droplets or aerosol water, and how partitioning and chemical reactions are altered at environmental interfaces. We are also interested in related oxidative chemistry that occur in various other aerosol systems, including electronic cigarette or combustion aerosols.

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • NSF CAREER Award (2022)
  • Director of the NSF ICARUS Database (2017-present)
  • Elected Chair of the Aerosol Chemistry working group for AAAR (2019)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2016)
  • Sheldon K. Friedlander Award, AAAR (2015)
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech (2013-2016)
  • Foster and Coco Stanback Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech (2012-2013)
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California Irvine (2012)
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Southern California (2007)

Representative Publications

  • Kelvin H. Bates,  Guy J.P. Burke, James D. Cope, Tran B. Nguyen*, “Secondary organic aerosol and organic nitrogen yields from the nitrate radical (NO3) oxidation of alpha-pinene from various RO2 fates,” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 22 (2), 1467-1482 [Article]
  • Karizza A. Abellar, James D. Cope, Tran B. Nguyen*, “Second-order kinetic rate coefficients for the aqueous-phase hydroxyl radical (OH) oxidation of isoprene-derived secondary organic aerosol compounds at 298 K,” Environmental Science & Technology, [Article]
  • Kelvin H. Bates, James D. Cope, Tran B. Nguyen*, “Gas-phase oxidation rates and products of 1,2-dihydroxy isoprene,” Environmental Science & Technology, 55, 20, 14294–14304 [Article]
  • James D. Cope, Karizza A. Abellar, Kelvin H. Bates, Xuan Fu, Tran B. Nguyen*, “Aqueous Photochemistry of 2-Methyltetrol and Erythritol as Sources of Formic Acid and Acetic Acid in the Atmosphere,” ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, Mario Molina Special Issue,  2021, 5, 6, 1265–1277 [Article]
  • Yichen Li, Amanda E. Burns, Lillian N. Tran, Karizza A. Abellar, Morgan Poindexter, Xiaohan Li, Amy K. Madl, Kent E. Pinkerton, Tran B. Nguyen*, “Impact of e-Liquid Composition, Coil Temperature and Puff Topography on the Aerosol Chemistry of Electronic Cigarettes,” Chemical Research in Toxicology, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.1c00070.

**Selected for an ACS EDITOR’S CHOICE Award.  [Article]

Research Interests & Expertise
  • Fundamental atmospheric oxidation; cloud/fog and aerosol chemistry; e-cigarette and combustion chemistry