Scot Martin

Scot Martin

Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Scot Martin

Scot T. Martin is the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard University, with appointments in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

He graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry (1991) from Georgetown University, with a year of study abroad at the University of Oxford (UK). His Ph.D. degree (1995) is in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) supported by a DOD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. He held an appointment as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology supported by a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change. He worked as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to his move to his current position. In his sabbatical year of 2007/8, he divided his time between the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Mainz, Germany) and the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). At Harvard, he teaches a general education course on "Environmental Science & Technology" as well as graduate courses in "Aerosol Science & Technology" and "Environmental Chemical Kinetics."

Professor Martin is the director of the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His research focuses on research and engineering solutions to the major environmental challenges presently facing the world. His laboratory works specifically on problems of air & water pollution and their effects on climate change.

Professor Martin's current research has a focus on connections among plant emissions of volatile organic compounds, particle-phase secondary organic material, and climate. He was the lead foreign scientist of the Amazonian Aerosol Characterization Experiment (AMAZE-08), and he directs the Harvard Environmental Chamber. The chamber is used in ways directed toward understanding the particle-relevant chemistry of pristine atmospheric environments and the effects of pollution on those environments. Foci include (1) understanding and quantifying mechanisms for the formation of secondary organic material and (2) characterizing and predicting the climate-relevant properties of the particle-phase fraction of the secondary organic aerosol. Investigated properties include the influence of the organic material on the phase transitions, hygroscopic growth, and CCN activity on the inorganic fraction of internally mixed particles. He is principal investigator and lead foreign scientist for "Observations and Modeling of the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon2014)," (

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Harvard University
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