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People in the Kroll Lab: Former members


Kelsey Boulanger, Masters Student, 2012-2015

Education: B.S., UC-Berkeley 2012, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis topic: Long-term trends in organic aerosol

Current position: Mathematics teacher, Matignon High School



Eleanor Browne, Postdoc 2012-2015

Education: B.S., The College of William and Mary 2006, Chemistry; Ph.D., UC-Berkeley 2012, Chemistry

Research Topic: Black carbon aging, aerosol measurement and characterization

Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CU-Boulder



Anthony Carrasquillo
, Ph.D. Student 2009-2015

Education: A.B., Bowdoin College 2007, Chemistry and Environmental Science

Thesis topic: Alkoxy reactivity by nitrite photolysis.

Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Williams College



Eben Cross
, postdoc/research scientists, 2010-2015

Education: B.A., Connecticut College 2003, Environmental Chemistry; Ph.D., Boston College 2008, Physical Chemistry

Research topic: Measurement of S/IVOVCs, emission chracterization

Current position: Scientist, Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry, Aerodyne Research



Kelly Daumit, Ph.D. Student 2009-2015

Education: B.S., Seattle University 2009, Chemistry; Ph.D. 2015, MIT, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis topic: Aqueous-phase oxidation of organic compounds.

Current position: Chemistry teacher, Revere High School


Jonathan Franklin, Ph.D. Student 2012-2018

Education: B.A., Connecticut College 2009, Chemistry
Contact: jpf @ mit.edu

Jon is interested in developing mass spectrometric methods for measuring semi-volatile organic compounds as well as understanding the evolution of particulate matter in oxygen free systems, such as the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. Before joining the Kroll group in 2012, he worked as a research associate at Aerodyne Research Inc. on their mobile laboratory.



James Hunter, Ph.D. Student 2009-2015

Education: B.S., UC-Berkeley 2009, Chemistry;Ph.D. 2015, MIT, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis topic: Aging and characterization of atmospheric organics.

Current position: Technical instructor, MIT's Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering



Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz, Postdoc 2015-2017

Education: B.A., Wesleyan College 2007, Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Science; Ph.D., UC-Berkeley 2014, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Research topic: Comprehensive characterization of organic carbon during oxidative aging

Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech



Sean Kessler, PhD student 2008-2013

Education: B.S., Lehigh 2009, Chemical Engineering; Ph.D., MIT 2013 Chemical Engineering

Thesis topic: Heterogeneous aging of organic aerosol.

Current position: Postdoctoral research associate, Nuclear Process Science Initiative, PNNL



Rachel O'Brien, Postdoc 2015-2017

Education: B.A., Grinnell College 2004, Chemistry; Ph.D., UC-Berkeley 2012, Chemistry

Research topic: Characterization of atmospheric organics in fine particulate matter and rainwater.

Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, College of William and Mary




Members of the Kroll Group (October 2012)
L-R: Jesse Kroll (mallet), James Hunter (cordless drill), Sean Kessler (umbrella), Kelly Daumit (squirt bottle), Jon Franklin (???), Eben Cross (respirator), Anthony Carrasquillo (pipet), Kelsey Boulanger (wrench), and Ellie Browne (canned air).


Members of the Kroll Group (October 2011)
L-R: Eben Cross (filter), Anthony Carrasquillo (flashlight), Sean Kessler (solvent bottle), Kelly Daumit (inverter), James Hunter (wrench), Jesse Kroll (cordless drill).

Contact: Prof. Jesse Kroll, MIT Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering, jhkroll @ mit.edu