Grassian, Vicki
Chemistry of environmental interfaces: atmospheric aerosols, engineered and geochemical nanomaterials, indoor surfaces

Contact Information
Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry
Co-Director, Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment

Office: Urey Hall Addn 3050C
Phone: 858-534-2499
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1987 PhD, Chemistry, University of California Berkeley
1982 MS, Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1981 BS, Chemistry, State University of New York at Albany
2019 - 2022 Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California San Diego
2018 - 2019 Executive Associate Dean, University of California San Diego
2016 - present Distinguished Professor, University of California San Diego
2016 - present Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry, University of California San Diego
2016 - 2018 Associate Dean, Division of Physical Sciences, University of California San Diego
2016 - 2018 Adjunct Professor, University of Iowa
2013 - present Co-Director, Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate, University of California San Diego
2010 to 2015 F. Wendell Miller Professor, Departments of Chemi, University of Iowa
2010 to 2012 Dean’s Administrative Fellow, College of Liberal A, University of Iowa
2008 to 2015 Director, Nanotoxicology Research Core, Environmen, University of Iowa
2007 to 2012 Associate Director and Key Function Co-Director, I, University of Iowa
2006 to 2015 Director, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, University of Iowa
2002 to 2015 Full Professor in the Departments of Chemistry, Ch, University of Iowa
1996-2002 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa
1990-1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa
Awards and Academic Honors
ACS Geochemistry Division Medal and Symposium
Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization “Tribute to Vicki Grassian” Session
NSF Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematical and Physical Sciences
American Chemical Society National Award in Surface Chemistry
Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Award
Iota Sigma Pi National Honorary Member
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
William H. Nichols Medal, New York Section of the American Chemical Society
Presidential Plenary Lecturer, ACS National Meeting
IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Awardee
Inclusive Excellence Award, UC San Diego
ACS National Meeting, “Surfaces & Interfaces in the Environment: Symposium in Honor of Vicki Grassian”
American Institute of Chemists Chemical Pioneer Award
ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education
Chartered Chemist – Royal Society of Chemistry
UI Scholar of the Year Award, Office of VP for Research & Economic Development
Royal Society of Chemistry John Jeyes Award
Midwest American Chemical Society Award
American Chemical Society National Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology
Fellow, American Chemical Society
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
Fellow, AVS – a Society for the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing
Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, University of Iowa
Collegiate Fellow – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa
Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, University of Iowa
Fellow, American Association of the Advancement of Science
James Van Allen Natural Sciences Faculty Fellowship, University of Iowa
Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Iowa
E. I. duPont de Nemours & Company Educational Award
Career Advancement Award - National Science Foundation
GE Foundation Faculty Fellowship
Association for Women in Science-Educational Award
Research Interests
Chemistry and impacts of environmental interfaces: atmospheric aerosols, engineered and geochemical nanomaterials; and indoor surfaces.
Primary Research Area
Physical/Analytical Chemistry
Interdisciplinary interests
Atmospheric and Environmental

Outreach Activities
Professor Grassian and her group are involved in a range of activities related to teaching and outreach. Mentoring and training the next generation of future scientist are important activities to all group members. Research focus areas of the Grassian group (environment, climate, health, nanoscience) are of broad interest to a variety of active learners that includes elementary school/middle school/junior high school students and their parents, high school students and retirees. Grassian group members have opportunities to give talks, interact, demonstrate and teach about their research and its benefits to society.
Image Gallery

Particles in the atmosphere provide reactive surfaces for adsorption as well as for chemical and photochemical reactions.

The Grassian research group collaborates with chemists and other scientists in the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry and Climate (CAICE) to study the chemistry of sea spray aerosol. CAICE is a Chemical Center of Innovation funded by NSF.

Fe nanoparticles, such as goethite, alpha-FeOOH, nanorods, show unique reactivity with atmospheric water vapor and reactive gases (e.g. nitric acid) compared to microrods. Studies of nanoscale reactivity in environmental and human health processes are currently being investigated.

Selected Publications