Laura McWilliams


Graduate Research Associate

541.346.4648 (office)

541.346.5159 (lab)




M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry (2012)
Univ. of Oregon
Advisor: Dr. G. Richmond

Master’s Certificate in Chemistry (2009)
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi, U.P., India

B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Physics (2007)
Lyon College; Batesville, AR



I study gas adsorption to aqueous interfaces that model atmospheric aerosol surfaces.  Aerosols act as cloud condensation nuclei, influence air temperature, and deplete stratospheric ozone, making understanding their behavior and chemistry vital.  I perturb the aqueous interfaces with atmospherically relevant gases, such as NOx, HCl, SO2, and CO2, while using VSFS to detect changes in the interfacial layer.



Apart from shooting laser beams into toxic gasses, I’m known to enjoy a garden, a good cup of tea, a hike, and a bike tour when time allows. I’m currently an officer of the University of Oregon’s Women in Graduate Science (

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