My research interests lie in the field of Atmospheric Chemistry and specifically in molecular level reactions occurring in different matrices. To be more specific, molecular level reactions in gas-phase, cloud and fog water as well as human body, are of high interest.
In the Berkemeier Group, I examine the health effects of atmospheric aerosols focusing on the redox chemistry of their constituents. Using EPR spectroscopy, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, I investigate the response of surrogate solutions, mimicking the composition of the human body, upon exposure to aerosols. The analysis of the results is conducted using kinetic modeling.
More information about past and current work can be found in: https://dovrouel.wixsite.com/elenidovrou
since 2020: Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Department of Multiphase Chemistry, Mainz, Germany. Postdoctoral Fellow. Research: "Atmospheric chemistry and health effects" with Dr Thomas Berkemeier and Professor Ulrich Pöschl.
2016-2020: Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Cambridge, MA, USA. PhD in Engineering Sciences. Research thesis: "The contribution of novel pathways of reactive organic carbon to total particulate sulfate and carbon budget" with Professor Frank N. Keutsch
2016-2018: Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Cambridge, MA, USA. MSc in Engineering Sciences with Professor Frank N. Keutsch
2011-2016: Technical University of Crete, School of Environmental Engineering, Chania, Crete, Greece. Diploma in Environmental Engineering, Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering. Research thesis on: "Photolysis of aqueous fullerene C60 agglomerates in environmental waters"
Dovrou, E., Bates, K. H., Rivera-Rios, J. C., Cox, J. L., Shutter, J. D., and Keutsch, F. N.: Towards a Chemical Mechanism of the Oxidation of Aqueous Sulfur Dioxide via Isoprene Hydroxyl Hydroperoxides (ISOPOOH), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 8999–9008, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-8999-2021, 2021.
Dovrou, E., Rivera-Rios, J. C., Bates, K., Keutsch, F. N.: Sulfate formation via cloud processing from isoprene hydroxyl hydroperoxides (ISOPOOH), Environ. Sci. Technol., 53, 21, 12476-12484, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b04645, 2019.
Dovrou, E., Lim, C. Y., Canagaratna, M. R., Kroll, J. H., Worsnop, D. R., and Keutsch, F. N.: Measurement techniques for identifying and quantifying hydroxymethanesulfonate (HMS) in an aqueous matrix and particulate matter using aerosol mass spectrometry and ion chromatography, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 5303–5315, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5303-2019, 2019.