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Josh Moss is a Ph.D. student in the lab of Professor Jesse Kroll, where he studies atmospheric chemistry and examines the chemistry of gases and particles in the atmosphere that humans are releasing and their interactions with existing particles in the atmosphere. He focuses on organic chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere which contribute significantly to smog formation. In the laboratory, he uses a controlled atmospheric chamber to conduct physical experiments on the gas phase reactions that originate from smog particles. Moss also works on computer models for chemical reaction generation and predictions. His research is concerned with chemicals commonly found in large urban cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, and Mexico City, and he is interested in the implications that these micro-particles have on human health and climate change.
Q: What are the real-world implications of your research?
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A: Primarily, much of what I study is related to urban pollution. My work is currently centered around understanding the impacts that gasoline, car emissions, and power-plant emissions have on smog formation, and what impacts they may have on the future of the environment. Due to the complexity of the atmosphere, it is difficult to break down all of the chemical reactions leading to smog formation, which is why this has become the focus of our research now.
I deal mostly with urban chemicals because they have generally been researched less than biologically emitted chemicals, and urban smog has adverse effects on human health in densely populated cities. In terms of human health, small smog particles are generally harmful for people to inhale because it can lead to various diseases such as heart failure, stroke, lung disease, and certain types of cancer. The largest source of uncertainty in global climate models is in these small particles. Right now, we are unsure exactly to...
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