The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nadine Borduas-Dedekind in the area of Environmental Chemistry. Dr. Borduas-Dedekind completed her Master’s degree in organic chemistry, followed by a PhD in gas-phase atmospheric mechanisms as a Vanier Scholar, both at the University of Toronto. Following her PhD work, she spent half a year working in an air quality consulting company in South Africa. She then pursued an NSERC PDF at ETH Zurich in the Department of Environmental Science Systems. Since 2018, she has been leading her own group as an Ambizione Fellow at ETH supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation studying atmospheric organic chemistry. She will join the department in January 2021.
The Borduas-Dedekind Group at UBC will study atmospheric organic chemistry and contribute to the emerging field of indoor air chemistry. There is exciting potential at UBC to collaborate with mechanical engineers, medical doctors, epidemiologists and architects to name a few interested in the built environment. The group’s interests also include chemical mechanisms of key molecules currently incorporated in chemical transport models. Furthermore, the group’s interest in atmospheric ice nucleation, influenced by collaborators at ETH in atmospheric physics, is opening the door to collaborative work on the chemistry of organic ice nucleating particles.