About our lab

The major remaining uncertainty in climate prediction comes from aerosol-cloud-climate interactions in the atmosphere. Therefore, an accurate representation of aerosols and clouds is the foundation of any effort to constrain long-term climate change. Our mission is to learn (and have fun) as much as we can about aerosol particle formation and its impact on air quality and climate change. Specifically, we aim to address three overarching scientific questions:

(1) Compositionally, how do aerosols nucleate, grow, and transform in diverse environments?
(2) Spatially, how can aerosol dynamics in convection inform climate intervention research?
(3) Temporally, how will aerosol forcing change with future emissions in net-zero scenarios?

We will achieve this by leveraging interdisciplinary expertise in Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol Microphysics, via a collaborative approach that combines lab experiments, box modeling, machine learning, and any approach you are interested in!


We are hiring!

We are looking for graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars to join us in 2024! We strive to match the research projects with your interests and career plans. If you’re interested in our research, please email me at mingyiw@uchicago.edu. Prospective students should also apply to the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. We look forward to hearing from you!