Chemist, Students Take Flight with Groundbreaking Wildfire Emission Study

assistant professor lu hu, along with four UM graduate students, have taken flight on a groundbreaking wildfire emission study

Assistant Professor Lu Hu from UM’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with four UM graduate students, have taken flight on a groundbreaking wildfire emission study funded through the National Science Foundation.

This summer, the four-engine cargo plane spent more than 100 hours slicing through smoke above fires burning in the West, collecting data about the chemical composition of smoke and how it changes over time and travel. It is the “largest, most comprehensive attempt to date to measure and analyze wildfire smoke,” according to the NSF.