Back (left to right): Justin Dingle, Shunyao (Sunya) Wang, Amirashkan Askari, Marcia Pedroza, Alan Shi, Manpreet Takhar

Front (left to right): Rui Zeng, Arthur Chan (with Remy)

Principal Investigator

Dr. Arthur Chan (arthurwh.chan [~a~t~] utoronto  dot  ca) obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Caltech and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley from 2010 to 2013. He is interested in experimental and field studies of organic aerosol, and developing analytical techniques for studying complex mixtures. See Arthur’s CV.

Arthur teaches Engineering Economics, Environmental Impacts and Pathways, and Aerosol Physics and Chemistry.

Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars

Justin Dingle ( justin.dingle [~a~t~] utoronto dot ca) obtained his B.S. in Biological Sciences and Ph.D in Environmental Toxicology with a research focus on atmospheric and aerosol science both at the University of California, Riverside. He is working on characterizing heavy metals in indoor dust from house samples impacted by local and regional pollution using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).

Yunchun Li ( [~a~t~] utoronto dot ca) is a visiting scholar from Sichuan Agricultural University, China. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education of Chemistry from Southwest University, master’s degree in Marine Geochemistry from Xiamen University, and PhD degree in Chemistry from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is working on chemical characterization and health effects of food cooking particles.

Graduate Students

Manpreet Takhar (manpreet.takhar [~a~t~] mail dot utoronto dot ca) is an M. A. Sc. student from India. She is currently studying the sources and transformation processes of semi volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in urban Toronto, and developing methods for measurements of SVOCs and parameterization of SVOCs in air quality models. She has studied the volatility distribution of cooking oil aerosol and its evolution.

Shunyao (Sunya) Wang ( [~a~t~] mail dot utoronto dot ca) is a PhD candidate from Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Sunya obtained her bachelor degrees in Resources and Environment Sciences from Zhejiang University, China. She is developing analytical methods (IMS) to organic aerosol characterization for both lab and ambient samples, and evaluating the health impacts of secondary organic aerosol.

Amirashkan Askari (a.askari [~a~t~] mail dot utoronto dot ca) is a PhD candidate and obtained both of his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He is currently working on indoor air quality implications of cannabis legalization in Canada. His work spans from modeling the fate and exposure of cannabis products indoor emissions to sampling indoor settings to analyze them for contaminants by means of state-of-the-art instrumentation such as Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry.

Marcia Pedroza (marcia.pedroza [~a~t~] mail dot utoronto dot ca) is an MASc candidate from Mexico City, Mexico. Marcia obtained her BSc in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. She is currently working on the chemical composition and health effects of biomass burning emissions.

Alan Shi (yuelun.shi [~a~t~] mail dot utoronto dot ca) is an MASc student and obtained his bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on characterizing sources and distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in settled house dust from the FACET campaign, via wet lab techniques and the usage of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.


Mi Tian (Visiting postdoctoral scholar, 2016): Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Kevin Goodman Rendall (MASc, 2014-2016): Field service engineer, Bruker Corporation

Mohammad Asif Iqbal (MASc, 2014-2015): Graduate student, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Lauren Vysohlid (MEng, 2015-2016): Masters of Management, University of Toronto, Mississauga

Jianhuai (Jackie) Ye (PhD, 2013-2017): Postdoctoral scholar, Harvard University

Gang (Ian) Chen (MASc, 2016-2018): PhD Student, ETH Zurich, Paul Scherrer Institute

Lukas Kohl (Postdoc, 2017-2018): Postdoctoral scholar, University of Helsinki

Meng (Carol) Meng (MASc, 2016-2018)

Farhana Islam (MASc, 2017-2019): Adjunct Faculty, Mount Saint Vincent University

Rui Zeng (MASc, 2017-2019): Trinity Consultants

Summer undergraduate students: Farhana Hoque (2013); Ruby Zhuang, Cullen Adam, Madhushan Perera (2014); Delin Mu, Anjelica Portelli, Catherine Gordon, Jamie Mark (2015); Ali Emam, Legeng Yu (2016); Morgan Cooze, Cynthia Jing (2017); Anthony Tuccitto, Alicia Hill-Turner (2018); Yinrui Xu, Jinmyung Jang, Loay Nasser Salim Al Rashdi (2019)