Dr. Amanda Case, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded $55,000 by the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund for a project titled Kinetics of Aromatic Peroxy Radicals in Combustion Chemistry. Funding will provide two years of support for Amanda’s research with undergraduate students. This project intends to measure the rates of peroxy radical reactions in the gas phase. Understanding the fate of peroxy radicals plays an important role in low-temperature hydrocarbon oxidation, autoignition processes, and tropospheric chemistry. The chemistry of these radicals is rather complex, making their chemical kinetics fundamentally interesting and, also, important for comprehensive combustion modeling.