Heather Allen

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Department of Chemistry

Address:3105 Newman & Wolfrom Laboratory
100 W. 18th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Country:United States


Professor Allen received her B.S. degree in Chemistry (1993) and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (1997) at University of California Irvine. Her undergraduate advisor was Professor F. S. Rowland (1995 Nobel Laureate), and her graduate advisor and co-advisor were Professors J. C. Hemminger and B. J. Finlayson-Pitts, respectively. She was funded through several fellowships, Fannie and John Hertz, EPA, and NSF Traineeship fellowships. Dr. Allen worked as a NOAA Post-Doctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change, which was awarded for her proposal based upon the use of nonlinear spectroscopy to study surfaces relevant to aerosol chemistry. Dr. Allen has been recognized for her research accomplishments: the Research Innovation Award from Research Corp. in 2001, an NSF CAREER Award in 2002, a Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2003, an Alfred P. Sloan Award in 2005, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2006.

Research Interests

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry, Aqueous Surface Structure, Biophysics of Lung Surfactant, and Nonlinear-Optical Spectroscopy

Selected Publications

Ma, G., X. Chen, H. C. Allen. 2007. "Dangling OD Confined in a Langmuir Monolayer". J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129(45); 14053-14057

VanLoon, L. L., R. N. Minor, and H. C. Allen. 2007. "Structure of butanol and hexanol at aqueous, ammonium bisulfate, and sulfuric acid solution surfaces investigated by vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy". J. Phys. Chem. A, 111 (31); 7338-7346

Levering, L. M., M. R. Sierra-Hernández, H. C. Allen. 2007. "Observation of hydronium ions at the air-aqueous acid interface: Vibrational spectroscopic studies of aqueous HCl, HBr, and HI". J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 (25), 8814-8826

Voss, L. F., M. F. Bazerbashi, C. P. Beekman, C. M. Hadad, and H. C. Allen. 2007. "Oxidation of oleic acid at air/liquid interfaces". J. Geophys. Res., 112, D06209 doi:10.1029/2006JD007677

Ma, G., and H. C. Allen. 2006. "New Insights into Lung Surfactant Monolayers using Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy". Photochemistry and Photobiology, V82, 1517-1529

Voss, L. F., C. M. Hadad, and H. C. Allen. 2006. "Competition between Atmospherically Relevant Fatty Acid Monolayers at the Air/Water Interface". J. Phys. Chem. B, 110(39), 19487 - 19490

Ma, G., and H. C. Allen. 2006. "DPPC Langmuir monolayer at the air-water interface: probing the tail and head groups by vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy". Langmuir, 22(12); 5341-5349

Gopalakrishnan, S., D. Liu, H. C. Allen, M. Kuo and M. J. Shultz. 2006. "Vibrational Spectroscopic Studies of Aqueous Interfaces: Salts, Acids, and Nanodrops". Chemical Reviews, 106(4), 1155-1175

Xu, M., D. Liu, H. C. Allen. 2006. "Ethylenediamine at Air/Liquid and Air/Silica Interfaces: Protonation Versus Hydrogen Bonding Investigated by Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy". Environ. Sci. & Tech., 40(5); 1566-1572

Gopalakrishnan, S., P. Jungwirth, D. J. Tobias, H. C. Allen. 2005. "Air-Liquid Interfaces of Aqueous Solutions Containing Ammonium and Sulfate: Spectroscopic and Molecular Dynamics Studies". J. Phys. Chem. B, V109 (18), 8861 - 8872