Jason Surratt, PhD


Assistant Professor
Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Curriculum Vitae
Research Group Website
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

164 Rosenau Hall
135 Dauer Drive
Campus Box 7431
Chapel Hill 27599-7431
T: 919-966-0470


2010 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) PhD, Chemistry
2003 North Carolina State University BA, Chemistry
2003 North Carolina State University BS, Meteorology


ENVR 403 Environmental Chemistry Syllabus
ENVR 416 Aerosol Physics and Chemistry Syllabus


Research interests

  • Environment (air)


Research activities

The Surratt Lab utilizes advanced mass spectrometry and chromatographic techniques to understand as deeply as possible the atmospheric chemistry that occurs in both the gas and particulate phases, with special focus on the chemistry leading to the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Since numerical models currently underestimate the amount of SOA mass observed in fine aerosol collected from several locations, which indicates that significant sources of SOA are not yet identified or well characterized, we will chemically characterize both smog chamber-generated and ambient SOA in order to more adequately describe sources (e.g., heterogeneous chemistry) of SOA in the troposphere. By using this approach, Professor Surratt has helped to elucidate the chemical pathways leading to organic aerosol formation from the atmospheric oxidation of isoprene, which is the most abundant non-methane hydrocarbon emitted annually into the Earth’s atmosphere that was previously thought not to be a significant source of SOA. Our chemical measurements will also be coupled with toxicological data in order to asses the impact of fine aerosols on human health. Key Words: air quality, heterogeneous chemistry, air pollution, organic aerosol

Key publications

Y-H. Lin, H. Zhang, H.O.T. Pye, Z. Zhang, W. J. Marth, S. Park, M. Arashiro, T. Cui, S.H. Budisulistiorini, K.G. Sexton, W. Vizuete, Y. Xie, D.J. Luecken, I.R. Piletic, E.O. Edney, L.J. Bartolotti, A. Gold, and J.D. Surratt* (2013) Epoxide as a Precursor to Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Isoprene Photooxidation in the Presence of Nitrogen Oxides. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: vol.110, p.6718-6723.

S.H. Budisulistiorini, M.R. Canagaratna, P.L. Croteau, W.J. Marth, K. Baumann, E.S. Edgerton, S.L. Shaw, E.M. Knipping, D.R. Worsnop, J.T. Jayne, A. Gold, and J.D. Surratt* (2013) Real-time Continuous Characterization of Secondary Organic Aerosol Derived from Isoprene Epoxydiols (IEPOX) in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, using the Aerodyne Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ASCM). Environmental Science & Technology, p.doi:10.1021/es400023n.

Y .-H. Lin, Z. Zhang, K.S. Docherty, H. Zhang, S.H. Budisulistiorini, C.L. Rubitschun, S.L. Shaw, E.M. Knipping, E.S. Edgerton, T.E. Kleindienst, A. Gold, and J.D. Surratt* (2012) Isoprene Epoxydiols as Precursors to Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation: Acid-Catalyzed Reactive Uptake Studies with Authentic Compounds. Environmental Science & Technology: vol.46, p.250-258.

H. Zhang, Y.-H. Lin, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, S. L. Shaw, E. M. Knipping, R. J. Weber, A. Gold, R. M. Kamens, and J. D. Surratt* (2012) Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Methacrolein Photooxidation: Roles of NOx Level, Relative Humidity, and Aerosol Acidity. Environmental Chemistry – Special Issue: Mass Spectrometric Approaches for Atmospheric Aerosols: vol.9, p.247-262.

J.D. Surratt, A.W.H. Chan, N.C. Eddingsaas, M.N. Chan, C.L. Loza,, A.J. Kwan, S.P. Hersey, R.C. Flagan, P.O. Wennberg, and J.H. Seinfeld (2010) Reactive Intermediates Revealed in Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Isoprene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: vol.107, p.6640-6645.