Chemistry / Biochemistry
Department Chair:
Rebecca Whelan

Administrative Assistant:

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8300
Fax: (440) 775-6682

Science Center A263
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30-noon 1:00-5:00pm

Matthew (Matt) Elrod

Matthew (Matt) Elrod

Biggs Professor of Natural Science
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Contact Information


Science Center N278
(440) 775-6583

Matthew Elrod

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College, 1989
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Research Interests:
Atmospheric chemistry, computational chemistry, mass spectrometry
The atmospheric oxidation of volatile compounds (VOCs) plays a significant role in the air pollution problems of ground level ozone production and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation, which are known to cause adverse health effects and to play a role in global climate change. Current projects in the Elrod lab include the determination of mechanisms for the production of ground level ozone and SOA via the oxidation of the predominant biogenic VOC, isoprene.  We use various commercial spectroscopy techniques and a custom built turbulent flow chemical ionization mass spectrometer to identify the components of the chemical systems and to make the kinetics measurements that allow the atmospheric significance of the reaction systems to be determined.  We also use computational chemistry methods implemented on the Oberlin supercomputer to help elucidate the meaning of our experimental results and to help guide the planning of new experiments.

Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry



Curriculum Vitae