Wildfire Resilient Structures Conference

Wildfire Resilient Structures (WiReS) Conference Date: Winter 2022/2023 Location: TBD Purpose

The Wildfire Resistant Structures (WiReS) conference addresses the WUI fire risk problems inherent to the built environment to support resilient and

Cort Anastasio's Lab

  •   Two simulated sunlight illumination systems with sample chambers for liquid, ice, or filters
  •   Monochromatic illumination system with chambers for ice or liquid samples
  •   Two isocratic Shimadzu HPLC systems with UV-Vis detectors
  •   One isocratic Shimadzu HPLC system with fluorescence detector
  •   One gradient Shimadzu HPLC system with photodiode array detector
  •   Shimadzu UV2501-PC UV/Vis spectrophotometer
  •   World Precision Instruments liquid-waveguide capillary cell spectrophotometer (LWCC)
  •   Millipore Milli-Q Advantage A10 water purification system
  •   Custom-built cold cell that fits into a micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) instrument in the UCD Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI)
  •   Snow-making machine in a walk-in freezer

Faloona Biogeochemical Meteorology Lab

  •   Airborne Turbulence Probe:  Aircraft Integrated Meteorological Measurement System (Aventech, AIMMS-30)
  •   GRAW portable radiosonde system
  •   Fast Ethane Spectrometer (Aerodyne, CW-Tunable Infrared Laser Direct Absorption Spectrometer (TILDAS) System)
  •   CO instrument (AeroLaser, fast-response VUV resonance fluorescence instrument)
  •   NOx Analzyer (Thermo Model 42i, Trace Level Chemiluminescence) with photolytic cell (Air Qualiity Design)
  •   O3 Analyzer (2B Tech 205 dual-beam UV spectrometer)

Tran Nguyen's Lab

  •   Atmospheric Photochemical Chamber (10 m3 Teflon chamber, temperature controlled 28 m3 enclosure)
  •   CF3O- Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (CIMS) with Triple Quadrupole analyzer
  •   Ionicon Time of Flight mass spectrometer (TOF 4000)
  •   Nanospray and nano-DESI ion source for high-resolution mass spectrometry
  •   TSI Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS)
  •   Thermo NOx analyzer (42i)
  •   Thermo Ozone analyzer (49i)
  •   Agilent GC flame ionization detector (GC-FID) with gas sampling
  •   Polydisperse aerosol generator
  •   Ozone generator
  •   Shimadzu FT-IR with heated 10m pathlength cell and MCT detector (IRTracer-100)
  •   Shimadzu UV-Vis dual beam spectrometer (UV-1800)
  •   Smoldering combustion chamber
  •   Agilent Liquid chromatography - UV detector
  •   Semi-prep LC
  •   Chemical synthesis equipment

Christopher Cappa's Lab

  •   Two-wavelength cavity ringdown photoacoustic spectrometer (CRD-PAS)
  •   Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2)
  •   Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) Counter
  •   CCN Counter with in situ droplet sizing
  •   Aerosol chemical speciation monitor (ACSM; joint with Qi Zhang)
  •   3-wavelength photoacoustic aerosol spectrometer (PASS-3)
  •   Scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS)
  •   Scanning electrical mobility sizer (SEMS)
  •   Aerosol particle sizer (APS)
  •   Oxidation flowtube
  •   Ozone monitor
  •   NOx monitor
  •   SO2 monitor
  •   Miniature marine aerosol reference tank (miniMART)

Qi Zhang's Lab

  •   Aerodyne Soot-Particle High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (SP-AMS)
  •   Aerodyne Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM, jointly with Chris Cappa)
  •   Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS)
  •   Metrohm Particle Into Liquid Sampler (PILS)
  •   Metrohm Ion Chromatograph systems with conductivity and UV-vis detectors (2)
  •   Digital controlled thermodenuder (TD) system (room temperature – 300 oC)
  •   TSI 3772 Condensation Particle Counter (CPC)
  •   Aerosol generation system (Collison atomizer, pumps, and diffusion dryers)
  •   Droplet-on-demand droplet generator
  •   Electrospray aerosol generator
  •   Shimazu total carbon and total nitrogen (TC/TN) analyzer

MTL Weighing Chamber

The AQRC Sample Handling Lab serving IMPROVE network has been equipped with a benchtop MTL environmentally controlled weighing chamber that provides compliant environment (Quality Assurance Guidance Document 2.12) for ambient air quality research. Air velocities, temperature, dew point, and airborne particle counts are controlled and below their regulatory thresholds.

RDI Sampling and Analysis

Rotating Drum Impactor (RDI) samplers collect size-segregated samples with variable time resolution. Multiple non-destructive analyses of RDI samples are available, including synchrotron-induced X-Ray Fluorescence (SXRF) that provides quantitative elemental data of elements.

Primary contacts: Yongjing Zhao and Nicholas Spada.


Since 1994, the researchers at Air Quality Research Center are measuring the light absorption by particles collected on filters for IMPROVE network. This measurement has been conducted on developed in house instrument called HIPS (Hybrid Integrating Plate and Sphere system) operating at a single wavelength using red light of 633 nm from a He(Ne) laser. 

Gravimetric Mass Sampling

Our laboratory is equipped with two Mettler Toledo XP-6 microbalances and one Mettler Toledo XP2U ultrabalance. The maximum weight capacity of the XP-6 is 6 g, although most of our filters weigh around 50 mg. The quoted readability of XP-6 balance is 0.001 mg. The Gravimetric Mass Sampling is completed in the Sample Handling Lab by AQRC staff. Samples are measured during the pre-processing and post-processing where they are then sent for analysis.