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Swarup China

Environmental Dynamics & Simulations
Post Doctorate RA B
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K8-88
Richland, WA 99352


His major areas of research interest are the morphological and optical properties of atmospheric aerosols, atmospheric aerosol chemistry and heterogeneous ice nucleation. He joined the group of Dr. Alexander Laskin at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate, to study chemical aging of atmospheric particle through multi-phase atmospheric chemistry and to investigate the effect of physiochemical properties of complex atmospheric particles on heterogeneous ice nucleation. He aims to better understand the physical chemistry of atmospheric particles controlling aerosol-cloud interactions.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science (Michigan Technological University, 2009-2014)
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2006-2008)
  • B.Tech.,Civil Engineering (Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India, 2002-2006)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Selected to attend the Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS)
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award, Michigan Technological University
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • Carollo Engineers Graduate Scholarship

PNNL Publications


  • Bateman AP, ZH Gong, T Harder, S de Sa, B Wang, P Castillo, S China, YJ Liu, R O'Brien, BB Palm, HW Shiu, G Cirino, RM Thalman, K Adachi, ML Alexander, P Artaxo, AK Bertram, PR Buseck, MK Gilles, JL Jimenez, A Laskin, A Manzi, AJ Sedlacek, III, RA Souza, J Wang, RA Zaveri, and ST Martin. 2017. "Anthropogenic influences on the physical state of submicron particulate matter over a tropical forest." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17(3):1759-1773.  doi:10.5194/acp-17-1759-2017
  • Fraund MW, DQ Pham, D Bonanno, T Harder, B Wang, J Brito, S de Sa, S Carbone, S China, P Artaxo, ST Martin, C Pohlker, MO Andreae, A Laskin, MK Gilles, and R Moffet. 2017. "Elemental Mixing State of Aerosol Particles Collected in Central Amazonia during GoAmazon2014/15." Atmosphere 8(9):173.  doi:10.3390/atmos8090173
  • Gunsch MJ, RM Kirpes, KR Kolesar, TE Berrett, S China, RJ Sheesley, A Laskin, A Wiedensohler, T Tuch, and KA Pratt. 2017. "Contributions of Transported Prudhoe Bay Oilfield Emissions to the Aerosol Population in Utqiagvik, Alaska." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17(17):10879-10892.  doi:10.5194/acp-17-10879-2017
  • Gyawali MS, WP Arnott, RA Zaveri, C Song, B Flowers, MK Dubey, A Setyan, Q Zhang, S China, C Mazzoleni, K Gorkowski, R Subramanian, and H Moosmuller. 2017. "Evolution of Multispectral Aerosol Absorption Properties in a Biogenically-Influenced Urban Environment during the CARES Campaign." Atmosphere 8(11):217.  doi:10.3390/atmos8110217
  • Veghte DP, S China, J Weiss, L Kovarik, MK Gilles, and A Laskin. 2017. "Optical Properties of Airborne Soil Organic Particles." ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 1(8):511-521.  doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00071


  • China S, B Wang, J Weis, LV Rizzo, J Brito, G Cirino, L Kovarik, P Artaxo, MK Gilles, and A Laskin. 2016. "Rupturing of biological spores as a source of secondary particles in Amazonia." Environmental Science & Technology 50(22):12179 - 12186.  doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02896
  • Kulkarni GR, S China, S Liu, MI Nandasiri, N Sharma, JM Wilson, AC Aiken, D Chand, A Laskin, C Mazzoleni, MS Pekour, JE Shilling, V Shutthanandan, A Zelenyuk, and RA Zaveri. 2016. "Ice nucleation activity of diesel soot particles at Cirrus relevant conditions: Effects of hydration, secondary organics coating, hydration, soot morphology, and coagulation." Geophysical Research Letters 43(7):3580-3588.  doi:10.1002/2016GL068707
  • Laskin A, MK Gilles, DA Knopf, B Wang, and S China. 2016. "Progress in the Analysis of Complex Atmospheric Particles." Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 9:117-143.  doi:10.1146/annurev-anchem-071015-041521
  • Wang B, DA Knopf, S China, BW Arey, T Harder, MK Gilles, and A Laskin. 2016. "Direct observation of ice nucleation events on individual atmospheric particles." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. PCCP 18(43):29721-29731.  doi:10.1039/c6cp05253c
  • Wang B, HT Harder, ST Kelly, D`Y Piens, S China, L Kovarik, M Keiluweit, BW Arey, MK Gilles, and A Laskin. 2016. "Airborne Soil Organic Particles Generated by Precipitation." Nature Geoscience 9(6):433-438.  doi:10.1038/NGEO2705


  • China S, GR Kulkarni, B Scarnatio, N Sharma, MS Pekour, JE Shilling, JM Wilson, A Zelenyuk, D Chand, S Liu, A Aiken, MK Dubey, A Laskin, RA Zaveri, and C Mazzoleni. 2015. "Morphology Of Diesel Soot Residuals From Supercooled Water Droplets And Ice Crystals: Implications For Optical Properties." Environmental Research Letters 10:114010.  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114010

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