Ann M. Dillner, PhD

Ann Dillner

Associate Research Engineer
Crocker Nuclear Laboratory
phone: 530-752-0509
amdillner at ucdavis dot edu



PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 2000

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1994

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1989


Research Interests:

Particulate matter (PM) air pollution

PM and visibility at National Parks in the US (IMPROVE)

Chemical characterization of PM including:

Analysis of soil and trace elements using XRF

Organic functional group analysis with FTIR Spectroscopy

Sampling, analysis and artifacts of organic and elemental carbon

Graduate Programs:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Atmospheric Science


ECI/ATM 149, Air Pollution

ERS 131, Air as a Resource


Coury, C. Dillner, A.M., ATR-FTIR characterization of organic functional groups and inorganic ions in ambient aerosols at a rural site. Atmospheric Environment, 43, 940–948, 2009.

Vidrio, E. Phuah, C. H., Dillner, A. M., Anastasio, C., Generation of Hydroxyl Radicals from Ambient Fine Particles in a Surrogate Lung Fluid Solution, Environmental Science & Technology, 43 (3) 922–927, 2009.

Coury, C., Dillner, A.M., A Method to Quantify Organic Functional Groups and Inorganic Compounds in Ambient Aerosols using Attenuated Total Reflectance FTIR Spectroscopy and Multivariate Chemometric Techniques. Atmospheric Environment, 41, 9309-9323, 2008.

Coury, C, Dillner, A.M., Trends and sources of particulate matter in the Superstition Wilderness using air trajectory and aerosol cluster analysis.  Atmospheric Environment, 41, 9309-9323, 2007.

Christensen, W.F, Dillner, A.M., Schauer, J.J., Reese, C. S.,  Clustering composition vectors using uncertainty information, Environmetrics, 18, 8, 859-869, 2007.

Dillner, A. M., Shafer, M. M., Schauer, J.J., A novel method using polyurethane foam (PUF) substrates to determine trace element concentrations in size-segregated atmospheric particulate matter on short time scales, Aerosol Science and Technology, 41:75-85, 2007.

Dillner, A. M., J. J. Schauer, Y. Zhang, L. Zeng, and G. R. Cass, Size-resolved particulate matter composition in Beijing during pollution and dust events, Journal of Geophysical  Research, 111, D05203, doi:10.1029/2005JD006400, 2006.

Dillner, A. M., Schauer, J. J., Christensen, W. F., Cass, G. R., A quantitative method for clustering size distributions for elements, Atmospheric Environment, 39, 1525-1537, 2005.

Boreson, J., Dillner, A. M., Peccia, J., Correlating bioaerosol load with PM2.5 and PM10cf concentrations: a comparison between natural desert and urban fringe aerosols, Atmospheric Environment, 38, 6029-6041, 2004.

Dillner, A. M., Stein, C., Larson, S. M., Hitzenberger, R., Measuring the Extinction Efficiency of Elemental Carbon in Rural Aerosol, Aerosol Science and Technology, 35, 1009-1021, 2001.

Hitzenberger, R., Jennings, S. G., Larson, S. M., Dillner, A., Cachier, H., Galambos, Z., Rouc, A., Spain, T. G., Intercomparison of Measurement Methods for Black Carbon Aerosols, Atmospheric Environment, 33, 2823-33, 1999.


Atmospheric Aerosols and Health Training Grant

Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE)

UCDavis Air Quality Research Center