Nga Lee (Sally) Ng

Brief Biography: 

Dr. Ng is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Ng also holds a joint appointment in the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and a courtesy appointment in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, she worked at Aerodyne Research Inc. in the Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry. Dr. Ng's research focuses on the fundamental understanding of the underlying chemical mechanisms of aerosol formation and composition, as well as the health effects of aerosols.  Her group uses a synergistic approach in studying aerosols by performing both laboratory chamber experiments and ambient field measurements using advanced mass spectrometry techniques.

Dr. Ng serves as a co-editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Dr. Ng is a member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Journal of Aerosol Science, and ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. Dr. Ng serves as Chair of Environmental Division for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2020, and served as the 2019 Conference Chair for the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR).

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Office Building: 
Ford Environmental Science & Technology Building
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Affinity Group / Department: 
Environmental Engineering
Adjunct and Part-Time
B.Eng. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2002
M.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2004
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2007
First Name: 
Nga Lee
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Adjunct Professor
Research Interests: 
Aerosol chemistry
The formation and evolution of atmospheric nanoparticles (aerosols)
Chemistry and life cycles (sources, processes, and fates) of ambient aerosols
Development and characterization of advanced aerosol instrumentation
Aerosol health effects, intracellular reactive oxygen and nitrogen species production from particulate matter exposure
Publications (Articles): 
Takeuchi, M. and Ng, N. L.: Chemical composition and hydrolysis of organic nitrate aerosol formed from hydroxyl and nitrate radical oxidation of α-pinene and β-pinene, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 12749–12766,, 2019.
Castañeda, A. D., Li, Z., Joo, T., Benham, K., Burcar, B. T., Krishnamurthy, R., Liotta, C. L., Ng, N. L., and Orlando, T. M.: Prebiotic Phosphorylation of Uridine using Diamidophosphate in Aerosols, Scientific Reports, 9, 13527, 2019.
Ditto, J. C., Joo, T., Khare, P., Sheu, R., Takeuchi, M., Chen, Y., Xu, W., Bui, A. A. T., Sun, Y., Ng, N. L., and Gentner, D. R.: Effects of Molecular-Level Compositional Variability in Organic Aerosol on Phase State and Thermodynamic Mixing Behavior, Environ. Sci. Technol., doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b02664, 2019. 2019
Nah, T., Xu, L., Osborne-Benthaus, K. A., White, S. M., France, S., and Ng, N. L.: Mixing order of sulfate aerosols and isoprene epoxydiols affects secondary organic aerosol formation in chamber experiments, Atmos. Environ., 217, 116953, 2019.
Joo, T., Rivera-Rios, J. C., Takeuchi, M., Alvarado, M. J., and Ng, N. L.: Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Reaction of 3-Methylfuran with Nitrate Radicals, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.9b00068, 2019.
Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2019
Outstanding Achievement in Early Career Research, Georgia Tech, 2019
Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2018
Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry, 2017
Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2017
Faces of Inclusive Excellence, Georgia Tech, 2017
Kenneth T. Whitby Award, American Association for Aerosol Research, 2016
Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award, Georgia Tech, 2016
CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2015
Top Five Most-Cited Papers in 2011-2013, Aerosol Science and Technology, 2014
Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, Health Effects Institute, 2013
Early Career Award, Environmental Protection Agency, 2013
Faces of Inclusive Excellence, Georgia Tech, 2013
“New Hot Paper” recognition, Thomson Reuters, 2011 Link
Sheldon K. Friedlander Award, American Association for Aerosol Research, 2010
ACCESS Invitee: Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists, 2007
3rd Place Winner, Ultrafine Particle Graduate Student Research Competition, South Coast Air Quality Management District, 2006
Academic Achievement Medal, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2002
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship (full undergrad scholarship), Hong Kong Jockey Club, 1999-2002