Chemistry Department

Dr. Courtney D. Hatch

Hatch in lab

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Chair, Environmental Studies Program

Office: MCReynolds Hall 211
Phone: (501) 450-1257
Fax: (501) 450-3829
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Iowa (2007-2008)
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado (2006)
  • B.A., Hendrix College (2000)

Research Interests

The Hatch Research Group uses an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to study the effects of natural aerosols on the Earth system. We aim to better understand how natural aerosol influences atmospheric chemistry and climate. Currently, we are working on two ongoing research projects.  The first project combines theoretical and experimental results to predict the cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity of natural insoluble aerosols from water adsorption measurements on mineral dusts and volcanic ash using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy.  The second project aims to explore the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols using a high-volume aerosol sampler for collection of particles, followed by chemical characterization using ion chromatography (IC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).     

Courses Taught

  • Chemistry of the Environment
  • Chemistry of the Environment Laboratory
  • General Chemistry I: Structures and Properties
  • General Chemistry I: Structures and Properties Laboratory
  • General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis and Reactivity 
  • General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis and Reactivity Laboratory
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry II: Kinetics and Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies Senior Seminar 


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Arkansas Academy of Science
  • American Institute of Chemists


  • Spark! Star – Museum of Discovery
  • Outstanding Paper Award - American Geophysical Union
  • General Chemistry Teaching Excellence Award – University of Colorado
  • American Institute of Chemists Award – Hendrix College
  • Robert W. Shideler Award – Hendrix College


  • Werneke, C., Trainer, M., de Gouw, J. A., Parrish, D. D., Fahay, D. W., Ravishankara, A. R., Middlebrook, A. M., Brock, C. A., Roberts, J. M., Brown, S. S.,  Neuman, J. A., Lerner, B. M., Lack, D., Law, D., Huebler, G., Pollack, I., Sjostedt, S., Ryerson, T. B., Gilman, J. B., Liao, J., Holloway, J., Peischl, J., Nowak, J. B., Aiken, K., Min, K. –E., Washenfelder, R. A., Graus, M. G., Richardson, M., Markovic, M. Z., Wagner, N. L., Welti, A., Veres, P. R., Edwards, P., Schwarz, J. P., Gordon, T., Dube, W. P., McKeen, S., Brioude, J., Ahmadov, R., Bougiatioti, A., Lin, J., Nenes, A., Wolfe, G. M., Hanisco, T. F., Lee, B. H., Lopez-Hilfiker, F. D., Thornton, J. A., Keutsch, F. N., Kaiser, J., Mao, J., and Hatch, C. D.: Instrumentation and measurement strategy for the NOAA SENEX aircraft campaign as part of the Southeast Atmosphere Study 2013, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 9, 3063–3093, 2016, doi:10.5194/amt-9-3063-2016.
  • Wolfe, G. M., Kaiser, J., Hanisco, T. F., Keutsch, F. N., de Gouw, J. A., Gilman, J. B., Graus, M., Hatch, C. D., Holloway, J., Horowitz, L. W., Lee, B. H., Lerner, B. M., Lopez-Hilifiker, F., Mao, J., Marvin, M., Peischl, J., Pollack, I. B., Roberts, J. M., Ryerson, T. B., Thornton, J. A., Veres, P. R., Warneke, C.: Formaldehyde production from isoprene oxidation across NOx regimes, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2015, acp-2015-885.
  • Hatch, C. D., Greenaway, A. L., Christie, M. J., and Baltrusaitis, J.: Water adsorption constrained Frenkel-Halsey-Hill adsorption activation theory: Montmorillonite and Illite, Atmospheric Environment, 2014, 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.12.040.
  • Hatch, C. D., Christie, M. J., Weingold, R., Wu, C.-M., and Baltrusaitis, J.: HATR-FTIR measurements of water adsorption on SnS: Quantification of adsorbed water content and application of adsorption models, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117(1), 472-482, 2013.
  • Baltrusaitis, J., Hatch, C. D., and Orlando, R.: Electronic properties and reactivity of simulated Fe3+ and Cr3+ substituted α-Al2O3(0001) surface, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 116(35), 18847-18856, 2012.
  • Baltrusaitis, J., Patterson, E., and Hatch, C.D.: Computational studies of the reduced sulfur compound and  CO2 reaction chemistry and photochemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 116(37), 9331-9339, 2012.
  • Baltrusaitis, J. and Hatch, C. D.: Periodic DFT study of acidic trace atmospheric gas molecule adsorption on Ca and Fe doped MgO(001) surface basic sites, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 116(30), 7950-7958, 2012.
  • Hatch, C. D., Wiese, J. S., Crane, C. C., Harris, K. J., Kloss, H. G.,and  Baltrusaitis, J.: Water adsorption on clay minerals as a function of relative humidity:  Application of BET and Freundlich adsorption models, Langmuir, 28, 1790-1803, 2012.
  • Hatch, C. D., Gierlus, K. M., Zahardis, J. C., Schuttlefield, J. D., and Grassian, V. H.: Water uptake on humic and fulvic acids: Aerosols and thin film measurements, Environmental Chemistry, 6, 380-388, doi:10.1071/EN09083, 2009.
  • Stith, J. L., Ramanathan, V., Cooper, W. A., Roberts, G. C., DeMott, P. J., Carmichael, G., Hatch, C. D., Adhikary, B., Twohy, C. H., Rogers, D. C., Baumgardner, D., Prenni, A. J., Campos, T., Gao, R., Anderson, J., and Feng, Y.: An overview of aircraft observations from the Pacific Dust Experiment campaign, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, D05207, doi:10.1029/2008JD010924, 2009.
  • Hatch, C. D. and Grassian, V. H.: 10th Anniversary Review: Applications of analytical techniques in laboratory studies of the chemical and climatic impacts of mineral dust aerosol in the Earth’s atmosphere, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 10, 919-934, 2008. (Invited).
  • Prather, K. A., Hatch, C. D., and Grassian, V. H.: Analysis of atmospheric aerosols, Annual Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, 1, 485-514, 2008. (Invited).
  • Curtis, D. B., Hatch, C. D., Hasenkopf, C. A., Toon, O. B., Tolbert, M. A., McKay, C. P., and B. N. Khare: Laboratory studies of methane and ethane adsorption and nucleation onto organic particles: Application to Titan’s clouds, Icarus, 195, 792-801, 2008.
  • Hatch, C. D., Gierlus, K. M., Schuttlefield, J. D., and Grassian, V. H.: Water adsorption and cloud condensation nuclei activity of calcite and calcite coated with model humic and fulvic acids, Atmospheric Environment, 42, 5672-5684, 2008.
  • Hatch, C. D., Gough, R. V., Tolbert, M. A., and Toon, O. B.: Heterogeneous nucleation of nitric acid trihydrate on clay minerals: Relevance to Type Ia polar stratospheric clouds, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 112(2), 612-620, 2007.
  • Hatch, C. D., Gough, R. V., and Tolbert, M. A.: Heterogeneous uptake of the C1 to C4 organic acids on a swelling clay mineral, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 7, 1-14, 2007.
  • Mashburn, C. D., Frinak, E. K., and Tolbert, M. A.: Heterogeneous uptake of nitric acid on Na-montmorillonite clay as a function of relative humidity, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, doi:10.1029/2005JD006525, 2006.
  • Frinak, E. K., Mashburn, C. D., and Tolbert, M. A.: Infrared characterization of water uptake by low temperature Na-Montmorillonite: Implications for Earth and Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2004JD005647, 2005.