PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Nadine is an atmospheric organic chemist interested in chemical mechanisms in the gas phase and in the aerosol phase. She will officially start as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in January 2021, and is currently a SNSF Ambizione Fellow at ETH Zurich. During her PhD, Nadine studied the chemical mechanisms of gas phase pollutants using mass spectrometry and chromatography. She has experience working with Environment and Climate Change Canada as well as with an air quality consulting company in South Africa, before moving to Switzerland for a postdoc in atmospheric photochemistry. Ongoing NBD group interests include reactive oxygen species produced during photochemical exposure of aerosols and organic matter acting as atmospheric ice nuclei. At UBC, the NBD group will have an online mass spectrometer to look at the fate of indoor air pollutants. Nadine co-teaches a Master's course entitled, "Case Studies in Environment and Health" at ETH Zurich. She is also an aspiring science communicator and an avid alpine skier.

2015 - PhD in atmospheric chemistry

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

2011 - Master's degree in organic chemistry

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

2008 - Bachelor's degree in chemistry

Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

PhD STUDENTS

MASTER'S STUDENTS

Andrew moved to British Columbia, Canada in 2012 to pursue a degree in Physics at UBC-Okanagan. Having spent much of his free time exploring BC's mountains, he developed a keen interest in mountain meteorology and is now working towards a Master's degree in the NBD group at UBC, studying the spatial distribution of ice nucleating particles measured in alpine snow. If not in the mountains or the laboratory, you can usually find him playing his guitar or making elaborate coffee concoctions.

2017 - Bachelor's degree in Physics

University of British-Columbia, Okanagan, Canada

Anna Miller  🇺🇸

Anna grew up in Chicago and moved to Portland, Oregon for her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Reed College. Here at ETH, she is pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Science with a major in Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, with a strong interest in Atmospheric Science. In the McNeill Group working with Nadine, Anna is currently working on helping to optimize the new DRINC-384, in addition to continuing research on characterizing ice nucleating dissolved organic matter. Outside of research and academics, Anna loves going on long walks, swimming, watching movies, and cooking.

2018 - Bachelor's degree in chemistry

           Reed College, Oregon, USA

Sebastian Zala  🇨🇭

Sebastian grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and finished his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich in summer 2018. There, he completed his Bachelor’s thesis on the surface microlayer in the Stocker group. For his master studies, he moved to the Environmental Sciences department and is pursuing a major in atmosphere and climate sciences. Right now, he is working on his Master’s thesis in the NBD group with interest in indoor organic aerosols and their ability to sensitize singlet oxygen. In his free time, Sebastian likes to play soccer and repair bikes, as he is active in VELOVE, the bike association of the students of Zurich.

 

2018 - Bachelor's degree in environ-mental engineering

          ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

INTERNSHIP STUDENTS

Sophie Bogler   🇩🇪

Sophie moved from Stuttgart in southern Germany to Zurich to study Interdisciplinary Sciences in her Bachelor’s degree at ETH focusing on environmental and analytical chemistry. 

Back from a break after finishing her bachelor thesis at eawag, she is now working again on her semester project on the ice nucleation abilities of lignin in the NBD group. To pursue her interest in atmospheric science, Sophie wants to continue studying Environmental Science in her Master’s degree at ETH with a major in atmosphere and climate. 

After a day in the lab, Sophie likes to relax playing the piano or spending time outside in nature. 

2019 - Bachelor's degree in chemistry and interdisciplinary science

ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

BACHELOR STUDENTS

Jon Went 🇨🇭

Jon grew up in Winterthur, Switzerland and is pursuing his BSc degree in environmental sciences with a focus on biogeochemistry at ETH. Currently, he is working on his BSc thesis project on the ice nucleating abilities of different algae exudates in collaboration with the Stocker Group. Next to uni, Jon is active in the core team of the Sustainability Week Switzerland and likes to relax through his yoga practice.

PAST GROUP MEMBERS

 

  

Silvan Müller 🇨🇭, Master student, 2019-2020

Lisa Leist 🇩🇪, PhD student (for 1 year), 2019

Killian Brennan 🇨🇭, Master student assistant, 2019

Max Aragon Cerecedes 🇲🇽, Bachelor summer student, 2019

Dr. Caroline Davis 🇨🇦, web design assistant, 2019

Killian Brennan 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2018

Sophie Bogler 🇩🇪, Bachelor semester project student, 2018

Lin Boynton 🇺🇸, Master student assistant, 2018

Vera Weichlinger 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2017

Julia Werz 🇨🇭, Bachelor thesis student, 2017   

DIVERSITY STATEMENT OF THE NBD GROUP

Defining diversity, inclusion and equity:

To foster a diverse environment, proactive inclusion efforts are necessary to ensure that a person associated with any underserved, marginalized or excluded populations, feels welcomed, supported, safe and valued. Our group defines equity in academia as equal rights and equal access to opportunities to all students and staff. 

 

How does our group promote diversity and foster inclusion?

To encourage diversity, we believe one has to be themselves diverse in their own life experiences, skills and research. We know from firsthand experience that science is global, and only through diversity can one truly reach research excellence. A multicultural research group has the advantage of tapping into a rich resource of experiences, point of views and innovative ideas. The student-mentor relationship is dynamic, and consequently taking feedback and learning from colleagues, including students at all levels, is just as important as giving feedback. From our own experience, this type of relationship helps to foster inclusion through a supportive learning environment. This mentality is applicable to research, by diversifying research topics based on student expertise and interest, in mentoring, by being considerate of cultural backgrounds, and in teaching/outreach, by adapting to different learning styles and catering to different audiences. Finally, we hold each other to high standards of integrity, accountability and respect, necessary to foster an inclusive work and study environment. In times of struggle, we also know to seek assistance whether it be personal and/or professional help and encourage our peers to do so as well.

The NBD Group aims to be a trailblazingly diverse research group!

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