Professor Dutcher's aerosol research exists at the intersection of chemistry, engineering, and public health. Her research is focused on instrumentation and techniques for measuring the physicochemical properties of atmospheric and health related aerosols. Atmospheric aerosols are associated with a range of conditions including asthma, lung and other cancers, dementia, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, premature delivery, birth defects, and premature mortality.
Using aerosol inhalation as a method of drug delivery has the potential to treat a range of diseases and conditions more efficiently and effectively than current methods. The size, phase, composition, shape, concentration and a variety of other physicochemical properties determine the potential health and environmental impacts of aerosol particles. Measuring these properties often requires innovative combinations of analytical techniques and instrumentation given the minute masses and unusual properties displayed by nanomaterials.
- B.A., Chemistry, University of California at Davis
- M.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- M.P.H. (Master's of Public Health), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities