Tara Fortin

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Thermophysical Properties Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3337
phone: 303-497-3522
fax: 303-497-5044


Tara is a research scientist at theNational Institute of Standards and Technology . She received her B.A. in Chemistry (and also a B.A. in Spanish) from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado. Both her undergraduate and graduate research interests focused on atmospheric chemistry. As an undergraduate, she studied the reaction kinetics of one of the second-generation CFC replacement refrigerants, 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (R-134a). In graduate school, her work focused on understanding the role of sulfate aerosol in both cloud formation and tropospheric chemistry. Her post-graduate work as a research associate at NOAA ESRL focused primarily on air pollution chemistry and included field measurements of atmospheric concentrations of Hg, NO, NO2, NOy, and O3. It was also during this time that Tara's interests expanded to include energy science and policy when she was involved in an investigation of power plant emissions. That interest has persisted since joining the Experimental Properties of Fluids Group where she makes thermophysical property measurements for conventional and renewable fuels. Understanding these properties is crucial to the successful deployment of renewable fuels as part of the nation's energy portfolio.

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