Lei Zhu

Lei Zhu

What controls the atmosphere’s energy balance and how chemical reactions impact composition, pollutant and oxidant formation in the earth’s environment.

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Lei Zhu, PhD, MA
Professor
 

School of Public Health
Department: Environmental Health Sciences

Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center
Phone:
518-474-6846

 

Education

Columbia University, NY Physical Chemistry Ph.D. 1991
Columbia University, NY Physical Chemistry M.A. 1987

Research Interests

Dr. Zhu’s research program has been designed to investigate and understand what controls the atmosphere’s energy balance and how chemical reactions impact composition, pollutant and oxidant formation in the earth’s environment. Her research interests include tropospheric chemistry, kinetics and photochemistry of homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric reactions, atmospheric radiation study, new technique development, atmospheric application of cavity ring-down spectroscopy and its novel variants as well as atmospheric application of time-resolved FTIR.

Additional Information

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Environmental Chemistry
  • Seminars in Environmental Health Sciences

Publications

1. M. Sangwan, W. Stockwell, D. Stewart, and L. Zhu*
Absorption of Near UV Light by HNO3/NO3- on Sapphire Surfaces. J. Phys. Chem. A, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b01648, 2016

2. L. Zhu,* M. Sangwan, L. Huang, J. Du, and L. T. Chu
Photolysis of Nitric Acid at 308 nm in the Absence and Presence of Water Vapor. J. Phys. Chem. A, 119, 4907-4914, 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca5b00951.

3. J. Du, R. G. Keesee, and L. Zhu*
Experimental Study of the Competitive Adsorption of HNO3 and H2O on Surfaces by Using Brewster Angle Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy Operating in the 295-345 nm Region. J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 8177-8181, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/jp500913e.

4. J. Du, L. Huang, Q. Min, and L. Zhu*
The Influence of Water Vapor Absorption in the 290-350 nm Region on Solar Radiance: Laboratory Studies and Model Simulation. Geophys. Res. Lett. 40, 1-5, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/grl.50935.

5. J. Du, L. Huang, and L. Zhu*
Absorption Cross Sections of Surface-Adsorbed H2O in the 295-370 nm Region and Heterogeneous Nucleation of H2O on Fused Silica Surfaces. J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 8907-8914, 2013, DOI: 10.1021/jp405573y.

6. J. Du and L. Zhu*
Quantification of the Absorption Cross Sections of Surface-Adsorbed Nitric Acid in the 335-365 nm Region by Brewster Angle Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy. Chem. Phys. Lett. 511, 213-218, 2011, DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2011.06.062.

7. B. Xiang, C. Zhu, and L. Zhu*
Gas-Phase Absorption Cross Sections of 2-Nitrobenzaldehyde and Benzaldehyde in the 285-400 nm Region, and Photolysis of 2-Nitrobenzaldehyde Vapor at 308 and 351 nm. Chem. Phys. Lett. 474, 74-78, 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2009.04.056.

8. C. Zhu, B. Xiang, L. Zhu,* and R. Cole
Determination of Absorption Cross Sections of Surface-Adsorbed HNO3 in the 290-330 nm Region by Brewster Angle Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy. Chem. Phys. Lett., 458, 373-377, 2008, DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2008.04.125.

9. B. Xiang and L. Zhu*
Absorption Cross Sections of E,E-2,4-Hexadienedial at 248 nm, and in the 290-430 nm Region, and Photolysis Study at 248, 308, and 351 nm. Chem. Phys. Lett. 450, 31-38, 2007, DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2007.11.010.

10. B. Xiang, L. Zhu,* and Y. Tang
Photolysis of 4-Oxo-2-Pentenal in the 190 – 460 nm Region. J. Phys. Chem. A, 111, 9025-9033, 2007, DOI: 10.1021/jp0739972.