Atmospheric Chemistry of Silicon Compounds and their Role in Indoor Air Quality: Theory and Experiment

This project focuses on the field of theoretical chemical reaction kinetics and investigates the atmospheric chemistry of volatile silicon compounds that are present in personal care products. To understand potential health effects of indoor air we need to know the rate at which these silicon compounds are removed by reaction with free radical oxidants, which will control their airborne lifetimes. Moreover, we need to understand the chemical products that these compounds are ultimately transformed into, so that we can assess their impacts on human health and the environment. This project will use computational chemistry and statistical reaction rate theory modelling in order to predict the atmospheric fates of volatile silicon compounds, in conjunction with experimental investigations in the laboratory of Dr. Christa Fittschen at the University of Lille, France using the spectroscopic techniques FAGE and cw-CRDS.

Supervisors:

The University of Melbourne: Dr Gabriel da Silva.

CNRS: Dr Christa Fittschen.