Robert McGraw, Atmospheric System Research (ASR) researcher, has been recognized with an Aerosol Science and Technology (AS&T) Outstanding Publication Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) for his 1997 paper: “Description of Aerosol Dynamics by the Quadrature Method of Moments.” Aerosol Science & Technology 27(2): 255-265, doi:10.1080/02786829708965471.
This award, established in 2015, is given annually to one paper published in the journal that has had a significant impact on the field, without regard to publication date. AS&T’s new Editor in Chief, Dr. Warren Finlay, presented the award to McGraw, research manager for the ASR science focus area, “Influence of Aerosols and Clouds on Climate and Climate Forcing” at Brookhaven National Laboratory, at the annual AAAR meeting held in Portland, Oregon, in October.
“It has been really gratifying to see this paper, originally presented as a way to solve the moment equations describing aerosol evolution, now being used in so many different areas,” said McGraw, who is also head of the Aerosol Chemistry and Microphysics Group at Brookhaven.
“But even more important than the award itself is the acknowledgment from my scientific colleagues at Brookhaven and elsewhere that made it happen,” said McGraw.
McGraw’s research interests center on atmospheric aerosol processes and simulation methods, homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation of vapors and vapor mixtures as mechanisms for gas-to-particle conversion, and cloud microphysics and precipitation. Besides his roles for ASR and Brookhaven, he is also an Adjunct Professor in Yale University’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
Major achievements from his work include development of novel approaches to atmospheric aerosol process simulation, application of molecular-based scaling to nucleation, kinetic potential theory of warm-cloud drizzle formation, and application of linear programming to polarimetric radar differential phase processing.
This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.