Research Experience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, with Prof. Ron Prinn

Nitrous Oxide Isotopic Ratio Measurement and Modeling; 2013 – Present
  • Operate and remotely manage Stheno-TILDAS laser spectroscopy instrument in Ireland
  • Determine sources and transport of nitrous oxide (\cf{N2O}) using chemical transport models
  • Collaborate with policy researchers at MIT Center for Global Change Science
  • Utilize NASA Center for Climate Simulation resources to support modeling efforts

Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, with Prof. Dan Cziczo

Ice Cloud Formation on Mars by Deposition Ice Nucleation; 2014 – 2015
  • Conducted single-particle cloud freezing experiments on Martian dust analogues (Arizona Test Dust and Mojave Martian Simulant) using an electrodynamic balance (EDB) instrument
  • Explored humidity/temperature conditions conducive to deposition ice nucleation on Mars

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) (Greenbelt, MD)

Climate and Radiation Laboratory (Code 613), with Dr. Charles Ichoku

Aerosol Chemistry and Remote Sensing in West Africa; Summer 2016
  • Completed intensive summer school in Python, FORTRAN, parallel processing, and high-performance computing as part of the ACES (Advanced Computing in Earth Sciences) program
  • Developed an initial plan for flight-based measurements of air quality in West Africa
  • Synthesized meteorological data (MERRA), ground-based measurements (AERONET), and satellite retrievals (CALIPSO, MODIS) in order to estimate measurements on co-located sample flight tracks

Carleton College (Northfield, MN)

Department of Chemistry, with Prof. Deborah Gross

Indoor Air Quality and Aerosol Chemistry; 2011 – 2013
  • Identified potential interactions between household air pollutants using an Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (ATOFMS)
  • Synthesized chemically modified samples of beta-cyclodextrin for use in ESI-MS, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, and HPLC studies of equilibrium inclusion of air pollutants into cyclodextrin
  • Examined public health concerns associated with indoor air quality by simulating indoor pollution

Department of Chemistry, with Prof. Marion Cass

Development of Inorganic Synthesis and Spectroscopy Laboratory; 2012 – 2013
  • Developed new experimental procedure for synthesis of cobalt coordination complexes (including cobalt dinitrosarcophagine, Co[diNOsar]) for an undergraduate teaching laboratory
  • Received distinction in senior thesis for development of a new teaching laboratory
  • Reported new procedure in the Journal of Chemical Education (citation below)

Department of Chemistry, with Prof. Matt Whited

Structural Determination of Molybdenum Coordination Complexes; 2012
  • Synthesized one novel molybdenum coordination complex in an inert-atmosphere glove box
  • Analyzed the crystalline structure of the complex using X-ray crystallography with collaborating group at the University of Minnesota
  • Reported structure in Acta Crystallographica E (citation below)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • McClellan, M. J. and M. E. Cass. Improved Syntheses and Expanded Analyses of the Enantiomerically Enriched Chiral Cobalt Complexes Co(en)3I3 and Co(diNOsar)Br3. J. Chem. Educ. 2015, 92 (10), 1766-1770.
  • Whited, M. T.; Boerma, J. E.; McClellan, M. J.; Padilla, C. E.; Janzen, D. E., trans-Acetyldicarbonyl-(eta-5-cyclopentadienyl)-(methyldiphenylphosphine)-molybdenum(II). Acta Cryst. 2012, E68, m1158.

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