University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Akua Asa-Awuku

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Akua Asa-Awuku

Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Akua Asa-Awuku

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Georgia Tech, 2008

Bourns Hall A219
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2271
Facsimile: 951-827-5696
Personal Webpage

Former Institutions: None


Akua Asa-Awuku received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She also earned her M.S in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2006. She received her B.S in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003. In 2008, Dr. Asa-Awuku also served as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering 2008 Georgia Tech
  • MS. Chemical Engineering 2006 Georgia Tech
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering 2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • NSF-FACES Career Initiation Grant Recipient, 2009
  • NSF- FACES Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Post Doctoral Scholar 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant 2006, Georgia Tech
  • NASA Earth Sun-Systems Graduate Fellowship

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA)
  • National Society of Black Engineers, (NSBE)


Research Areas

Dr. Asa-Awuku's primary research interest is understanding and predicting aerosol-cloud climate interactions. Specifically, the impact of warm cumulus clouds that may counteract the warming effects of greenhouse gases and models of cloud microphysical processes are investigated. Her research explores the water-uptake of organic particles as it pertains to aerosol hygroscopicity, cloud condensation nuclei activation and droplet growth.

Selected Publications

  • Asa-Awuku, A., G.J. Engelhart., B.H. Lee, S.N. Pandis and A. Nenes, Relating CCN activity, volatility, and droplet growth kinetics of β-caryophyllene secondary organic, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, 795-812, 2009
  • Asa-Awuku, A., A. P. Sullivan, C.J. Hennigan, R. J. Weber and A. Nenes, Investigation of Molar Volume and Surfactant Characteristics of water-soluble Organic Compounds in Biomass Burning Aerosol, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8, 799-812, 2008
  • Engelhart G.J., A. Asa-Awuku, A. Nenes and S. N. Pandis, CCN activity and droplet growth kinetics of fresh and aged monoterpene secondary organic aerosol , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8, 3937-3949, 2008
  • Padró, L.T., A. Asa-Awuku, R. Morisson, and A. Nenes, Inferring Thermodynamic Properties from CCN Activation Experiments a) Single-component and Binary Aerosols, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 7, 5263-5274, 2007
  • Asa-Awuku, A., and A. Nenes (2007), Effect of solute dissolution kinetics on cloud droplet formation: Extended Koehler theory, Journal of Geophysical. Research., 112, D22201, 2007 doi:10.1029/2005JD006934

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
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