Thomas W. Kirchstetter

Thomas W. Kirchstetter
Associate Adjunct Professor
Environmental Engineering

Kirchstetter's air pollution research group studies emissions and controls, with a focus on transportation and biomass combustion. We specialize in characterizing aerosols composition and climate-relevant optical properties of black and brown carbonaceous particulate matter; and fabrication and evaluation of aerosol measurement technology, including traditional and micro-electromechanical sensors.

Links to Research and Publications

Office 655 Davis Hall
Phone (510) 908-1237

Office Hours:

Spring 2016:

  • Monday 3:15 - 4:15p
  • Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30a


I was born and raised in Queens, New York.  In public middle school, I enjoyed math and various shops (yes, public schools used to have wood, metal, and other shops).  Good at math, I left for SUNY Albany to study math and become an actuary.  The fit wasn't great and I was turned on to atmospheric science by enthusiastic professors (Volker Mohnen, Bernie Vonnegut).  After college, I worked in a combustion lab at Brookhaven National Lab in Long Island, New York, before heading to UC Berkeley for graduate school.  I've lived in Berkeley and neighboring cities ever since.  

Today, I still enjoy math and science, but in lieu of a shop, I have an aerosol laboratory and I enjoy conducting experiments and collaborating with students and resdarch colleagues.  

Away from work, I enjoy playing music (guitar, drums, piano), hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.



B.S.Atmospheric Science and Mathematics, State University of New York at Albany, 1991

M.S.Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1994

Ph.D.Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1998

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1998 – 2000