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Prof. Parisa Ariya

Parisa Ariya

Atmospheric Chemistry

Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Offices: Burnside Hall 809
Otto Maas 421
Labs: 404-405, 429-430
Tel.: (514) 398-6931, (514) 398-3615
Fax: (514) 98-3797 | (514) 398-6115
ariya [at] meteo [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)

Academic background

  • BSc (York University, 1992);
  • PhD (Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, York University, 1996);
  • MPI Postdoctoral Fellow (Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry-Atmospheric Chemistry Division, 1996-1998);
  • Member of the Centre for Climate and Global Change Research (C2GCR);
  • Member of Green Chemistry Network
  • William Dawson Scholar (equivalent to Canada Research Chair - Tier II)
  • ACS Progress Award (2005)
  • Clara Benson Award (2010). Canadian Society for Chemistry.
  • James McGill Professor of Chemistry and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Research interests

Atmospheric Chemistry research in our group is motivated to understand the chemical transformation of ozone precursors, photo-oxidants, heavy metal and bioorganic toxicants, and their implications in climate change. The chemical processes are studied through the state-of-the-art kinetic and photochemical laboratory investigations. We perform highly sensitive measurements of ozone precursors to characterize chains of chemical reactions in atmosphere, and at the air/water/snow interfaces. Further research activities include complementary computational and atmospheric chemical modeling of the reaction intermediates in the atmosphere, to simulate the complex chemical interactions.

The research directions in our laboratories are:

  • Bioaerosols: Impact on Chemistry and Physics of the atmosphere
  • Chemical transformation of mercury in the atmosphere and air/snow/water interface
  • Halogens in the marine boundary layer and interactions with airborne organics
  • Formation of aerosols and oxidants via "dark reaction"
  • Box and Cloud Modeling
  • Computational chemistry

Some recent publications

See publications in the Ariya Atmospheric Chemistry website