V. Faye McNeill


816 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code 4721 

Tel(212) 854-2869
Fax(212) 854-3054

Prof. McNeill’s research is focused on the chemistry and physics of atmospheric aerosol particles and ice in the environment, and their roles in atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and climate.


Research Interests

Atmospheric chemistry, Aerosols, Air Quality, Climate, Sustainability, Environmental policy, Air Quality.

The McNeill group performs laboratory, theoretical, and modeling studies with a focus on multiphase processes involving atmospheric aerosols and ice in the environment.  Special interest areas include the chemical sources of atmospheric particulate matter and its evolution in the atmosphere, and the influence of atmospheric aerosol chemistry on climate.  Prof. McNeill is particularly interested in using modeling to bridge the scales between the large amount of detailed, molecular-level data researchers gather in the laboratory and the coarse-grained information required by large-scale models. Besides improving our basic understanding of the Earth system, she and her research group are using the results of their work to improve large-scale models of atmospheric chemistry and climate, thereby enhancing their prognostic ability, providing insight into the effects of human activity on the environment, and setting the stage for smart policy decisions. 

McNeill received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Caltech in 1999 and her PhD in chemical engineering from MIT in 2005, where she was a NASA Earth System Science Fellow. 


  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences, 2005-2007


  • Associate professor of chemical engineering, Columbia University, 2012–2019
  • Assistant professor of chemical engineering, Columbia University, 2007–2012


  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)


  • Kenneth T. Whitby Award (AAAR), 2015
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2009-2014
  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator, 2009
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellow, 2000-2003


  • “Light-absorbing secondary organic material formed by glyoxal in aqueous aerosol mimics,” EL Shapiro, J Szprengiel, N Sareen, CN Jen, MR Giordano, VF McNeill, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2289-2300 (2009)
  • Kuo, M. H., Moussa, S. G., McNeill, V. F.* (2011) Modeling Interfacial Liquid Layers on Environmental Ices. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 9971-9982
  •  “Aqueous-phase Secondary Organic Aerosol and Organosulfate Formation in Atmospheric Aerosols: A Modeling Study” VF McNeill, JL Woo, DD Kim, AN Schwier, NJ Wannell, AJ Sumner, JM Barakat, Environ. Sci. Technol. 46 (15) 8075-8081 (2012)  
  • “Gas-Phase Surfactants Enhance Aerosol Cloud Nucleation.” N Sareen, AN Schwier, T Lathem,  A Nenes, VF McNeill., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 110, 2723-2728 (2013)
  • Moussa, S.G., Kuo, M.H., McNeill, V. F.* Nitric acid-induced surface disordering on ice (2013) Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15 (26), 10989-10995
  • “Surface-Active Organics in Atmospheric Aerosols,” VF McNeill, N Sareen, and AN Schwier. Top. Curr. Chem., 339, 201-259, doi:10.1007/128_2012_404 (2014).
  •  “Aqueous organic chemistry in the atmosphere: Sources and chemical processing of organic aerosols (Feature)” VF McNeill Environ. Sci. Technol. 49 (3) 1237-1244 (2015)
  • “simpleGAMMA v1.0 – A reduced model of secondary organic aerosol formation in the aqueous aerosol phase (aaSOA)” JL Woo, VF McNeill Geosci. Model Dev. 8 (6), 1821-1829 (2015) 
  • "Observation of Organic Molecules at the Aerosol Surface" Wu, Y., Li, W., Xu, B., Li, X., Wang, H., McNeill, V.F.*, Rao, Y.*, and Dai, H.-L.  J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 7(12), 2294-2297 (2016).
  • “Atmospheric Aerosols: Clouds, Chemistry and Climate,” V.F. McNeill, Ann. Rev. Chem. Biomolec. Eng. in press, doi:10.1146/annurev-chembioeng-060816-101538 (2017)