Jezrielle Annis

  • Program Year: 1
  • Academic Institution: Texas A&M University
  • Field of Study: Physical Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Daniel Tabor
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.A. Mathematics, and B.S. Chemistry, Spring Arbor University, 2020

Summary of Research

My primary research interests are in modeling and predicting the formation of atmospheric aerosols. These aerosols form via the water encapsulation of organic, or carbon-based, molecules. Because aerosols can both absorb and reflect infrared light depending on their composition, understanding how they form is crucial to climate research. I am developing a suite of computational methods that combine electronic structure theory with algorithmically and physically convenient representations of vibrational coordinates to determine the spectral signatures, and thus the specific structure of small aerosol clusters. Moving forward I will integrate artificial neural networks methods to transform this process into a high-throughput modeling framework that I will first apply to large numbers of secondary organic aerosol structures. The formation pathways of larger atmospheric aerosols will be tied to statistical mechanical theories of aerosol formation in order to provide a quantitative, molecular-based understanding of these vital atmospheric particles.

Publications

Kuntzleman, T. S., Annis, J., Anderson, H., Kenney, J. B., & Doctor, N. (2020). Kinetic Modeling of and Effect of Candy Additives on the Candy-Cola Soda Geyser: Experiments for Elementary School Science through Physical Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 97(1). https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00796

Awards

Chemistry Departmental Honors (2020)
Honors Thesis in the Major of Chemistry (2020)
Rose Physical Sciences Scholarship (2019-2020)
Dr. Johnson Endowed Science Scholarship (2018-2020)
Dr. Garnet Hauger Mathematics Scholarship (2018-2020)
Silver Beaker Award (2017)