Matthew Coggon

Research Scientist II

Tropospheric Chemistry

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL7
Boulder, CO 80305 USA




My research is focused on understanding the emissions and chemical transformation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Earth's atmosphere. Specifically, I evaluate and quantify anthropogenic and natural emissions that lead to the formation of hazardous pollutants, such as ozone and secondary organic aerosol. I measure VOCs using a state-of-the-art proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer, which we deploy on aircraft and mobile laboratories to measure emissions from various sources. So far, we've targeted emissions from wildfire plumes, concentrated animal feed lots, oil and natural gas development, vehicle tailpipes, populated urban centers, and forested regions of the Western U.S.


B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2010
PhD. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2015

Current Topics

Biomass burning emissions
Volatile chemical product emissions
Urban ozone formation

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

last modified: December 04, 2020