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Chemistry at ESF

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ESF's Department of Chemistry is uniquely organized around the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry and natural products chemistry, environmental chemistry, and polymer chemistry. The department's 71,000-square-foot Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility, fully equipped for modern chemical research and teaching.

Chemistry students gain a strong foundation in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, but also in the integration of these areas into specialties aligned with the needs of the 21st century. All Chemistry majors participate in research, gaining familiarity with the actual practice of chemistry.

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Featured Chemistry Paper

Shelby Zangari, Dustin T. Hill, Amanda T.Charette, Jaime E.Mirowsky. Air quality changes in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Science of The Total Environment. 2020. (link)

A team of researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, led by Dr. Jaime Mirowsky, discovered that the air quality in New York City did not improve during the New York on PAUSE order. While other studies have suggested that the levels of nitrogen dioxide and other air particles decreased during the pandemic in cities such as New Delhi and industrialized parts of northern China, Mirowsky and her team found the opposite in the Big Apple.


Studies throughout the world are showing that air quality is improving because of the social distancing and shutdown measures put in place due to COVID-19, but we found no significant changes in New York City. Although the air quality may have improved in other regions, the lack of air quality chnages in our analysis may be because we accounted for both short- and longer-term changes in air quality. While it may seem counterintuitive, New York City actually has lower baseline concentrations of air pollutants compared to the other major metropolitcan locations.

Daily concentrations of PM2.5and NO2 in the NYC metropolitan area from January to early May in 2015–2020. The data indicate no chnage in those levels before or during the pandemic-related shutdowns.

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SUNY-ESF Chemistry Department
121 Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2726 USA

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