Dr. Denisia Popolan-Vaida
University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Department of Chemistry
Currently I am a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley working with Prof. Dr. Stephen R. Leone. My research focuses on understanding the fundamental chemical processes that govern combustion phenomena. To obtain the greatest level of detail, we study these reactions in the gas phase using a powerful tool that combines high resolution mass spectrometry with tunable synchrotron vacuum ultraviolet radiation. This technique probes a wide range of reactants, intermediates, and products simultaneously, providing an unprecedented view of a chemical reaction. Our studies improve the understanding of the alternative fuel characteristics and its chemical kinetic oxidation mechanisms, building a predictive capability for alternative fuel combustion. Such capability aid the development of combustion technologies and enable the use of transportation fuels derived from non-traditional sources in a manner that optimizes engine efficiency and minimizes pollutant formation, resulting in an increase of the world environmental quality.