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Asa-Awuku, Akua A.

Asa-Awuku, Akua
Associate Professor

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Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Chemical Egineering, 2008

Research Interests 

Investigating the formation, composition, and measurement of anthropogenic and biogenic aerosol to explore the impacts on climate and health.


  • Water uptake of particles; characterizing thermodynamic properties governing droplet formation for air quality, health and climate impacts
  • Novel characterization of relevant primary and secondary organic aerosol; black carbon; chemical composition and effects on the health and the hydrological cycle
  • Experimental investigation of the formation of cloud droplets: the activation of organic Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) and its subsequent effects on climate

Honors and Awards 

  • 2012 NSF CAREER
  • 2011 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR)
  • 2009 NSF-Georgia Tech FACES Career Initiation Grant Recipient¬†
  • 2009 Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS X)
  • 2008 NSF-Georgia Tech FACES Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2008 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Post Doctoral Scholar
  • 2006 Outstanding Teaching Assistant
  • 2006, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department
  • 2005-7 NASA ESS (Earth Sun-System) Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2003 7 NSF-FACES (Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science) Graduate Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2004 Dow Chemical Scholarship Recipient in Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2001-3 MIT, Barnett D. Gordon Scholar Grant Recipient 2001, 2002, & 2003

Professional Memberships 

  • American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Air & Water Management Association (A&WMA)
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Alpha Chi Sigma (AXE)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • European Geophysical Union (EGU)
  • National Society of Black Engineers, (NSBE)
  • National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
  • The Combustion Institute