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Jason D. Surratt, PhD

Jason D. Surratt, PhD

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Co-director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • 164 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7431
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Professor Surratt specializes in atmospheric chemistry fundamentals.

Dr. Surratt's 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 SOA is a major fraction of atmospheric fine particulate matter, chemically characterizing it resolves its sources and impacts on climate, air quality and public health. By using this approach, Dr. Surratt has helped to reveal the detailed chemical pathways leading to SOA formation from the atmospheric oxidation of isoprene (the most abundant non-methane hydrocarbon on Earth) in the presence of anthropogenic pollutants.

His research combines synthetic organic and atmospheric analytical chemistry with toxicogenomics, toxicology and systems biology.

Honors and Awards

James J. Morgan Early Career Award Lectureship, Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T)

2016, American Chemical Society

Ruth and Philip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement

2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Editors’ Citation For Excellence in Refereeing

2015, Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR) – Atmospheres

Camille & Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor


Sheldon K. Friedlander Award

2013, American Association for Aerosol Research

Early Career Award

2013, Environmental Protection Agency

Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

2012, Health Effects Institute

Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS)

2011, Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry

Fast Breaking Paper In the Field of Environment/Ecology for the manuscript entitled: "Evidence for Organosulfates in Secondary Organic Aerosol"


EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship

2004-2007, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Outstanding Graduating Senior Research Award

2003, North Carolina State University

Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

2003, North Carolina State University

The American Institute of Chemists Award

2003, The American Institute of Chemists

The Astronaut Scholarship

2002, The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

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