Jennifer A. Faust

Jennifer Faust

Assistant Professor - Chemistry

Office: Severance 203
Phone: 330-263-2022


  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University 2010
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 2015

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 111: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 215: Analytical Chemistry

Research Interests

Research in the Faust group combines aspects of environmental, analytical, and physical chemistry to characterize the composition and reactivity of rainwater. Using real-time infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, we monitor the kinetics and products of multiphase reactions between rainwater and common atmospheric gases such as ozone, hydroxyl radicals, and ammonia. These experiments offer insight into the chemistry of long-lived cloud droplets in the atmosphere, and they also elucidate how organic matter cycles between the atmosphere and the biosphere.

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • ACCESS XIV: Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 
  • KV Reddy Award in Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Chemistry: Selected to attend conference with 34 Nobel Laureates
  • Nordic Research Opportunity: Travel award for research proposal from NSF and Academy of Finland, to study at University of Helsinki
  • Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship
  • Heartland American Chemical Society Collegiate Scholar
  • Outstanding TA Award: Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention
  • Analytical Chemistry Award
  • POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry
  • CRC Press Achievement Award in General Chemistry


  • Faust, J. A.; Wong, J. P. S.; Lee, A. K. Y.; Abbatt, J. P. D. “Role of Aerosol Liquid Water in Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Volatile Organic Compounds,” Environ. Sci. Technol.  2017, 51, 1405-1413.  doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04700
  • Faust, J. A.; Nathanson, G. M. “Microjets and Coated Wheels: Versatile Tools for Exploring Collisions and Reactions at Gas-Liquid Interfaces”, Chemical Society Reviews  2016, 45, 3609-3620.  doi: 10.1039/ C6CS00079G
  • Faust, J. A.; Junninen, H.; Ehn, M.; Chen, X.; Ruusuvuori, K; Kieloaho, A.-J.; Bäck, J.; Ojala, A.; Jokinen, T.; Worsnop, D. R.; Kulmala, M.; Petäjä, T. “Real-Time Detection of Arsenic Cations from Ambient Air in Boreal Forest and Lake Environments,” Environmental Science & Technology Letters  2016, 3 (2), 42-46. Featured on cover.  doi: 10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00308
  • Faust, J. A.; Sobyra, T. B.; Nathanson, G. M. “Gas-Microjet Reactive Scattering: Collisions of HCl and DCl with Cool Salty Water”, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters  2016, 7, 730-735.  doi: 10.1021/ acs.jpclett.5b02848
  • Hahn, C.; Kann, Z. R.; Faust, J. A.; Skinner, J. L.; Nathanson, G. M. “Super-Maxwellian Helium Evaporation from Pure and Salty Water,” The Journal of Chemical Physics  2016, 144, 044707.  doi: 10.1063/1.4940144
  • Johnson, A. M.; Lancaster, D. L.; Faust, J. A.; Hahn, C.; Reznickova, A.; Nathanson, G. M. “Ballistic Evaporation and Solvation of Helium Atoms at the Surfaces of Protic and Hydrocarbon Liquids,” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters  2014, 5, 3914-3918.  doi: 10.1021/jz501987r
  • Faust, J. A.; Dempsey, L. P.; Nathanson, G. M. “Surfactant-Promoted Reactions of Cl2 and Br2 with Br- in Glycerol,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B  2013, 117, 12602-12612.  doi: 10.1021/jp4079037
  • Ruusuvuori, K.; Kurtén, T.; Ortega, I. K.; Faust, J.; Vehkamäki, H. “Proton Affinities of Candidates for Positively Charged Ambient Ions in Boreal Forests,” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics  2013, 13, 10397-10404.  doi: 10.5194/acp-13-10397-2013
  • Dempsey, L. P.; Faust, J. A.; Nathanson, G. M. “Near-Interfacial Halogen Atom Exchange in Collisions of Cl2 with 2.7 M NaBr-Glycerol,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B  2012, 116, 12306-12318.  doi: 10.1021/ jp308202k