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Why Indoor Chemistry Matters Prioritizing Indoor Chemistry Research – Workshop 2

February 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Hybrid Hybrid Event

A National Academies committee of experts on Emerging Science on Indoor Chemistry will meet for a workshop on 8 February 2024 to discuss ways to support and prioritize indoor chemistry research.

The event is a hybrid in-person (Washington DC) and virtual format.

This event aims to discuss the following topics:

  • Outcomes and recommendations from the National Academies consensus report Why Indoor Chemistry Matters.Special focus will be given to Recommendation 8 “ Given the challenges, complexity, knowledge gaps, and importance of indoor chemistry, federal agencies and others that fund research should make the study of indoor chemistry and its impact on indoor air quality and public health a national priority”.
  • Emerging or impactful areas of indoor chemistry research.
  • Examine current funding opportunities available for indoor chemistry research; identify how sustained support for the field can be achieved in the near future.
  • A major goal on this workshop is to encourage more partnerships with funding agencies, foundations, and NGOs to strengthen investment in indoor chemistry research.

Highlighted agenda topics include:

Why Indoor Chemistry Matters: Select Recommendations

  • Vicki H. Grassian, PhD, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

Assessing Chemical Complexity in Indoor Environments

  • Jonathan Abbatt, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Robin E. Dodson, ScD, Associate Director of Research Operations and Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
  • Vito Ilacqua, PhD, Acting Director of the Center for Scientific Analysis, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA)-Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Xiaoyu Liu, PhD, Senior Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Barbara Turpin, PhD, Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Germicidal UV Radiation, Unintended Chemistry:

  • Delphine Farmer, PhD, Professor, Colorado State University
  • Michael F. Link, Physical Scientist, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Paula Olsiewski, PhD, Contributing Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
  • Richard Williamson, Program Director, Far-UVC, Blueprint Biosecurity

How Do we Strengthen the Handshake Between IAQ and Exposure Science/Cognition, Health and Well-Being:

  • Antonia Calafat, PhD, Chief, Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Elaine Cohen-Hubal, PhD, Senior Science Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • LCDR Jason Ham, PhD, Research Scientist, Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD), Chemical and Biological Monitoring Branch (CBMB), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • Krystal Pollitt, PhD, PEng, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health (YSPH)
  • Treye Thomas, PhD, Lead Toxicologist and Program Manager, Chemicals, Nanotechnology and Emerging Materials (CNEM) Program, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC

Buildings Impact on Chemistry

  • Mark Hernandez, PhD, Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Jeffrey Siegel, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Brett Singer, PhD, Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator (PI), Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • David Rowson, Director Indoor Environments Division, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Brian Gilligan, PEng, SCPM , Deputy Director, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings, General Services Administration


Why Indoor Chemistry Matters (2022)

People spend the vast majority of their time inside their homes and other indoor environments where they are exposed to a wide range of chemicals from building materials, furnishings, occupants, cooking, consumer products, and other sources. Despite research to date, very little is known about how exposures to indoor chemicals across complex chemical phases and pathways affect human health. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased public awareness of indoor environments and shed light on the many outstanding questions about how best to manage chemicals indoors.


This study will examine the state of science regarding chemicals in indoor air. A team of scientific experts will focus on under-reported chemical science discoveries and how these findings shine light on the link between chemical exposure, air quality, and human health. The final report will explore potential opportunities for new scientific research. It will also identify what research will be most critical to understanding the chemical composition of indoor air and adverse exposures. The environments in this study will be limited to non-industrial exposure within buildings.

Please visit the Why Indoor Chemistry Matters Workshop 2: Prioritizing Indoor Chemistry Research event page to register.


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