Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mads Andersen

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Associate Professor
(818) 677-2492
Office location:
Citrus Hall 3310



Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006
MS, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, 2002


Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, 2010 - 2012
University of California, Irvine, 2006 - 2009


Chemistry 102, General Chemistry II
Chemistry 321, Chemical Analysis I
Chemistry 321L, Chemical Analysis I Lab
Chemistry 541, Environmental Chemistry I


Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

  • Utilizing analytical chemistry and spectroscopy to investigate kinetics and mechanisms of reactions important in atmospheric and environmental chemistry.
  • Collaborations on clean technology research projects with industry to find environmentally friendly solutions.
  • Atmospheric chemistry and environmental fate of non-CO2 greenhouse gasses and their role in a feasible plan for climate stabilization.
  • Photochemistry, aerosols, trace gases and environmental and human health
  • Bridging physical science and environmental policy: Impacts and economics of energy policies, sustainable strategies and global change. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (from a total of 56; student co-authors are marked with *)

  • "A three-dimensional model of the atmospheric chemistry of E and Z-CF3CH=CHCl (HCFO-1233(zd) (E/Z))," Andersen, M.P.S.; Schmidt, J.A.; Volkova, A.*; Wuebbles, D.J. Atmospheric Environment (2018) 179, 250-259,
  • "Atmospheric chemistry of hexanenitrile: Kinetics and products of the gas-phase reactions of CH3(CH2)4CN with Cl atoms and OH radicals," Nielsen, O.J.; Carstens, C.l.; Lengkong, J.W.*; Vo, K.L.*; Andersen, S.T.; Andersen, M.P.S. Chemical Physics Letters (2017) 688, 7-10,
  • "Atmospheric chemistry of (CF3)2CF-C≡N - A replacement compound for the most potent industrial greenhouse gas, SF6," Andersen, M.P.S.; Kyte, M.; Andersen, S.T.; Nielsen, C.J.; Nielsen, O.J. Environmental Science and Technology (2017) 51(3), 1321–1329,
  • "Atmospheric Chemistry of CH3CH2OCH3: Kinetics and Mechanism of Reactions with Cl Atoms and OH Radicals," Andersen, M.P.S.; Svendsen, S.B.; Østerstrøm, F.F.; Nielsen, O.J. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics (2017) 49(1), 10-20,
  • "Atmospheric Chemistry of Z- and E-CF3CH=CHCF3," Østerstrøm, F.F.; Andersen, S.T.; Solling, T.; Nielsen, O.; Andersen, M.P.S. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2017) 19, 735-750,
  • “Atmospheric chemistry of isoflurane, desflurane, and sevoflurane: kinetics and mechanisms of reactions with chlorine atoms and OH radicals and global warming potentials,” Andersen, M.P.S.;, Nielsen, O.J.; Karpichev, B.; Wallington, T.J.; Sander, S.P. Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory (2012) 116, 5806-5820, 
  • “Atmospheric chemistry of CxF2x+1CH=CH2 (x = 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8): radiative efficiencies and global warming potentials,” Andersen, M.P.S.; Waterland, R.L.; Sander, S.P.; Nielsen, O.J.; Wallington, T.J. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry (2012) 233, 50-52, 
  • “Atmospheric chemistry of t-CF3CH=CHCl: products and mechanisms of the gas-phase reactions with chlorine atoms and hydroxyl radicals,” Andersen, M.P.S.; Nielsen, O.J.; Hurley, M.D.; Wallington, T.J. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP (2012) 14, 1735-1748, 
  • “Assessing the impact on global climate from general anesthetic gases,” Andersen, M.P.S.; Nielsen, O.J.; Wallington, T.J.; Karpichev, B.; Sander, S.P. Anesthesia and Analgesia (2012) 114, 1081-1085, 
  • “Long-term decline of global atmospheric ethane concentrations and implications for methane,” Simpson, I.J.; Andersen, M.P.S.; Meinardi, S.; Bruhwiler, L.; Blake, N.J.; Helmig, D.; Rowland, F.S.; Blake, D.R. Nature (2012) 488, 490-4, 
  • “Atmospheric chemistry of CF3CH2OCH3: reaction with chlorine atoms and OH radicals, kinetics, degradation mechanism and global warming potential,” Østerstrøm, F.F.; Nielsen, O.J.; Andersen, M.P.S.; Wallington, T.J. Chemical Physics Letters (2012) 524, 32-37, 
  • “Inhalation anaesthetics and climate change,” Andersen, M.P.S.; Sander, S.P.; Nielsen, O.J.; Wagner, D.S.; Sanford, T.J.; Wallington, T.J. British Journal of Anaesthesia (2010) 105, 760-6, 


  • Aleksandra Volkova (MS Chemistry, 2019): "Atmospheric chemistry of halogenated olefins: Kinetics and mechanisms for the oxidation of E/Z-1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene and E/Z-1,2-dichloroethene"