Chemical Processes & Instrument Development

Aaron Jubb with CRDS in the lab
Research Highlight Laboratory Studies: Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (CIMS) apparatus used to measure reaction rate coefficients and heterogeneous chemistry. Learn More Photo: Will von Dauster, NOAA

Dr. James B. Burkholder, Program Lead
Catherine Weable, Admin Support Assistant (303) 497-7990

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway R/CSL5
Boulder, CO 80305 USA


The research direction of our program area is laboratory measurements of atmospheric chemical processes.

Laboratory Studies

We characterize the atmospheric lifetimes and photochemical processing of trace species emitted into or formed in the atmosphere and their impact on ozone production, air quality, and climate. We develop instrumentation for the detection of key atmospheric species to improve our ability to study these key atmospheric species in the laboratory and field.


We collaborate with other research groups to study and quantify chemical processes and develop instrumentation and the methods for measuring atmospheric trace species.


Published findings from laboratory studies.


Focusing on fundamental processes that occur in the atmosphere.


Characterizing the chemical and physical properties of atmospheric trace species.