Chemistry Department

Courtney Hatch, Ph.D '00

Hatch, Courtney

Courtney Hatch, Ph.D

Professor of Chemistry

Chair, Natural Sciences Area

She/Her/Hers Charles D. Morgan Center - Reynolds Hall 211 (501) 450-1257 (501) 450-3829

Academic Background

  • B.A., Hendrix College, 2000
  • Ph.D, University of Colorado, 2006

2020-2021 Courses

  • CHEM 110: General Chemistry I: Chemical Structures & Properties
  • CHEM 280: Environmental Analysis
  • CHEM 350: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 450/460: Directed Research
  • CHEM ATC: Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry
  • EVST 497: Senior Seminar
  • HESC 495: Internship: Phys Health and Rehab

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 mineral aerosol influences biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and climate. Currently, we have four ongoing and integrated projects including 1) water adsorption on mineral mixtures, 2) heterogeneous uptake of gaseous mixtures on mineral surfaces, 3) biogeochemical impacts of nutrient dissolution from mineral aerosol during atmospheric aging, and 4) phytoplankton biomarker studies.


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Arkansas Academy of Science
  • American Institute of Chemists


  • Museum of Discovery Spark! Star
  • 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


  • Hatch, C. D., Tumminello, P. R., Cassingham, M. A., Greenaway, A. L., Rebecca Meredith and Christie, M. J .: Technical note: Experimental water adsorption measurements on mineral surfaces:  Toward closure between CCN activity and water adsorption, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 13581-13589, 2019,
  • Tumminello, P. R., Meredith, R., Cassingham, M. A ., and Hatch, C. D.: Water adsorption on goethite: Experimental FTIR measurements and theoretical assessment of adsorption and CCN activation, Arkansas Aerospace Proceedings, 2018.
  • 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. See 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 ChemistryA, 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.

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Rebecca Meredith awarded Arkansas Space Grant: April 2013

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