Biola AffiliationsFaculty, Employee
Office LocationBardwell 103/Sigma 114



Jessica is an assistant professor of analytical chemistry in the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department. A native of Southern California, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, and then moved to Virginia Tech to finish her doctorate. Her research interests are to study the chemical and physical properties of organic compounds in the environment, building from a molecular-level picture and extending to surfaces and microdroplets. Her dissertation, "Dynamics of Atmospherically Important Triatomics in Collisions with Model Organic Surfaces," describes how CO2, NO2, and O3 interact with organic surfaces composed of a single layer of molecules. Most recently, she finished a postdoc at ETH Zurich, and is excited to be a part of the new School of Science, Health, and Technology.


  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH, Mar. 2013-Apr. 2016
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, UBC, Jan. 2012-Mar. 2013Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, June 2011-Dec. 2011
  • American Chemical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • American Geophysical Union


  • 2013 - 2015: Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship: ETH Zürich
  • 2011: Graduate Research Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2009 - 2010: Fulbright Research Grant: Israel, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 2006: National Science Foundation, East Asia and the Pacific Summer Institutes, Taiwan
  • 2006: Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2004: National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  • 2000: UC Regent’s Scholarship, UC Berkeley
  • 2000: Riviera Rotary Club Scholarship

Publications (Selected)

  • Can Optical Trapping be used for Freezing Studies? Lu, J. W., Corsetti, S., McGloin, D., Signorell, (In prep)
  • Low-temperature Bessel beam trap for single submicron aerosol particle studies, Lu, J. W., Isenor, M., Chasovskikh, E., Stapfer, D., Signorell, R. (Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2014)
  • Gas-Surface Reactions of Nitrate Radicals with Vinyl-terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers, Zhang, Y. F., Chapleski, Jr., R. C., Lu, J. W., Rockhold, Jr., T., Troya, D., Morris, J. R., (2014)
  • Timescales of water transport in viscous aerosol: measurements on sub-micron particles and dependence on conditioning history Lu, J. W., Rickards, A. J., Walker, J. S., Knox, K. J., Miles, R. E. H., Reid, J. P., Signorell, R., (2014)
  • Interfacial Energy Exchange and Reaction Dynamics in Collisions on Model Organic Surfaces, Lu, J. W., Day, B. S., Fiegland, L. R., Davis, E. D., Alexander, W. A., Troya, D., Morris, J. R., (2012)
  • The Initial Reaction Probability and Dynamics of Ozone Collisions with a Vinyl-Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayer Lu, J. W., Fiegland, L. R., Davis, E. D., Alexander, W. A., Wagner, A., Gandour, R. D., and Morris, J. R. T. J., (2011)
  • Gas-surface scattering dynamics of CO2, NO2, and O3 in collisions with model organic surfaces, Lu, J. W., Morris, J. R., (2011)
  • Changes in the Optical Properties of Benzo[a]pyrene-Coated Aerosols upon Heterogeneous Reactions with NO2 and NO3 Lu, J. W., Flores, J. M., Lavi, A., Abo-Riziq, A., and Rudich, Y., (2011)
  • Gas-Surface Energy Exchange and Thermal Accommodation of CO2 and Ar in Collisions with Methyl, Hydroxyl, and Perfluorinated Self-Assembled Monolayers, Lu, J. W., Alexander, W. A., and Morris, J. R., (2010)
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance Studies of Pullulan and Pullulan Cinnamate Adsorption onto Cellulose, Kaya, A., Du, X., Liu, Z., Lu, J. W., Morris, J. R., Glasser, W. G., Heinze, T., and Esker, A. R., (2009)
  • Collisions of Polar and Non-Polar Gases with Hydrogen-Bonding and Hydrocarbon Self-Assembled Monolayers, Bennett, M. E., Alexander, W. A., Lu, J. W., Troya, D., Morris, J. R., (2008)


  • American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA. Presented on “Single Aerosol Particle Studies in a Temperature-Controlled Optical Trap.” Fall 2015.
  • Leopoldina Symposium: Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics at the Limit. Zurich, Switzerland, September 11-13, 2013; (b) Faraday Discussions 165: Tropospheric Aerosols, Leeds, UK, July 22-24, 2013; (c) American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, December 2012.
  • European Aerosol Conference, Manchester, UK. Presented on “Oxidation of C60 Aerosol by Ozone.” September 2011.
  • Gordon Research Seminar and Gordon Research Conference, Dynamics at Surfaces, Newport, RI. Presented on “Reaction dynamics of ozone with unsaturated organic surfaces: Energy exchange, accommodation, and direct reaction." August 2011.
  • Gordon Research Conference, Atomic and Molecular Interactions, New London, NH. Presented on “Energy Transfer and Reaction Dynamics of Ozone on Vinyl-Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers.” July 2008.
  • Gordon Research Conference, Dynamics at Surfaces, Andover, NH. Presented on “Energy Transfer and Scattering Dynamics of CO2, NO2, and O3 on Methyl-, Hydroxyl-, and Perfluoro- Self-Assembled Monolayers.” August 2007.

Research Interests

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environment
  • Science


  • Analytical Chemistry (Biola University, upper division course)
  • Advanced Spectroscopy (ETH Zürich, graduate level course)
  • Thermodynamics (ETH Zürich, 1st semester course)
  • Advanced Spectroscopy Laboratory (ETH Zürich, 5th semester course)
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory (ETH Zürich, 4th semester course)
  • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory for Majors (Virginia Tech, 2nd year course)
  • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory for Life Sciences (Virginia Tech, 2nd year course)
  • General Chemistry Laboratory for Majors (Virginia Tech, 1st year course)
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