Neil Donahue
Director, Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies
Carnegie Mellon University


Neil Donahue is Lord Professor of Chemistry in the departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy and Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon University. His research group focuses on the behavior of organic compounds in Earth's atmosphere. They are world-renown experts in studying what happens to compounds from both natural sources and human activity when they are emitted into the atmosphere. He is a research team member of the CLOUD experiment at CERN on new-particle formation. This work led to publications in Nature and in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 and Science in2014. Recently his research has focused on the origin and transformations of very small organic particles, which play a critical role in climate change and human health. Neil received an A.B. in Physics from Brown University in 1985, a Ph.D. in Meteorology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991, and spent nine years as a research scientist at Harvard University before returning to Pittsburgh in 2000.