Sarah Styler

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
Phone
(780) 492-6659
Address
E5-52A Chemistry Centre - East
11227 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G2

Overview

About

My path to the University of Alberta has been winding: although I obtained my BSc (2004), MSc (2008), and PhD (2014) at the University of Toronto, I’ve also made stops in London, Lyon, and Leipzig.

I performed my MSc and PhD work under the supervision of Prof. D. James Donaldson. My MSc research focused on photooxidative reactions occurring on ‘urban film’, the complex mixture of chemicals that coats surfaces in urban environments. During my PhD, I studied the interaction of desert dust with organic pollutants, and focused on the role that dust plays in promoting photochemical reactions in the atmosphere.

In 2013, I began postdoctoral work at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hartmut Herrmann. In Leipzig, I used a combination of field sampling and laboratory experiments to gain insight into the role that urban surfaces play in mediating urban air quality and the atmospheric lifetime of of photochemically active pollutants.

Here at U of A, where I’m currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, my research program focuses on chemistry and photochemistry in atmospheric aerosol populations typical of those found in polluted urban and industrially influenced environments.


Research

The composition of airborne particulate matter in Asian and African megacities is influenced by a complex range of factors, including residential coal/refuse burning, emissions from “dirty” vehicles, and desert dust incursions. Closer to home, metal-rich aerosols are also present in the Athabasca oil sands region and in areas influenced by industrial and mining activities.

Research in the Styler Group focuses on chemistry and photochemistry occurring in these metal- and soot-rich aerosol populations, with the ultimate goal of improving our understanding of urban air quality in developing regions. Graduate students in the group will have the opportunity to participate in local and international aerosol sampling campaigns, gain experience with instrument design and construction, and use a wide variety of gas- and particle-phase analytical techniques.

If you’ve been admitted to U of A’s graduate chemistry program (or are thinking about applying!), and are interested in applying your knowledge of chemistry to improve our understanding of atmospheric processes, email Dr. Styler to discuss potential projects and opportunities.

There are also opportunities in the Styler Group for enthusiastic undergraduate students as part of CHEM 299 and CHEM 401/403. If you’re enrolled in these courses (or are thinking about enrolling in these courses!) and have an interest in analytical, organic, and/or environmental chemistry, email Dr. Styler to discuss projects that fit with your interests and strengths.

Announcements

The Styler Group is currently accepting graduate students!

Graduate students in the group will have the opportunity to participate in local and international aerosol sampling campaigns, gain experience with instrument design and construction, and use a wide variety of gas- and particle-phase analytical techniques.

If you’ve been admitted to U of A’s graduate chemistry program (or are thinking about applying!), and are interested in applying your knowledge of chemistry to improve our understanding of atmospheric processes, email Dr. Styler to discuss potential projects and opportunities.

There are also opportunities in the Styler Group for enthusiastic undergraduate students as part of CHEM 299 and CHEM 401/403. If you’re enrolled in these courses (or are thinking about enrolling in these courses!) and have an interest in analytical, organic, and/or environmental chemistry, email Dr. Styler to discuss projects that fit with your interests and strengths.

Publications

Chemistry of Urban Grime: Inorganic Ion Composition of Grime vs Particles in Leipzig, Germany
Author(s): AM Baergen, SA Styler, D van Pinxteren, K Müller, H Herrmann, DJ Donaldson
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Environmental Science & Technology
External Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b03054
Laboratory chamber measurements of the longwave extinction spectra and complex refractive indices of African and Asian mineral dusts
Author(s): C Di Biagio, P Formenti, SA Styler, E Pangui, JF Doussin
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Geophysical Research Letters
External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL060213/full
Heterogeneous photooxidation of fluorotelomer alcohols: a new source of aerosol-phase perfluorinated carboxylic acids
Author(s): SA Styler, AL Myers, DJ Donaldson
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Environmental Science & Technology
External Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es4011509
Heterogeneous photochemistry of oxalic acid on Mauritanian sand and Icelandic volcanic ash
Author(s): SA Styler, DJ Donaldson
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Environmental Science & Technology
External Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es300953t
Substrate effects in the photoenhanced ozonation of pyrene
Author(s): SA Styler, ME Loiseaux, DJ Donaldson
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
External Link: http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/11/1243/2011/acp-11-1243-2011.html