Cracking the Chemistry of Climate Change
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Professor Al-Abadleh’s air pollution expertise won her the Fulbright Canadian Chair in Climate Change. She explores the chemistry of air pollution, especially ground-level ozone and inhalable microscopic particles.
Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the 2019 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Quality, and Climate Changes. Her independent research career started in 2005, with research interests in environmental physical chemistry. Dr. Al-Abadleh’s award-winning research programs enabled her to mentor students at multiple levels, and the majority of her publications as a principal investigator were co-authored with undergraduate students. She is a recognized leader in the environmental chemistry community who is frequently invited to deliver talks on her research and to provide her expertise on journal article and grant review panels.
Dr. Al-Abadleh is passionate about raising awareness on climate change and environmental stewardship in the wider community. Through her community engagements, she highlights how science helps us understand how nature works, the role of science in solving environmental problems, and how the Islamic faith emphasizes the relationship between humankind and nature — a connection that has been largely severed in the modern world. These contributions have been recognized with three prestigious community awards: the Platinum Award of Excellence at the inaugural Muslim Awards of Excellence in 2016, a celebration of Muslim achievements in Canada, the Women Who Inspire Award by the Kitchener-Waterloo Coalition of Muslim Women in 2017, and the Keynote Speaker for the Grand River Interfaith Community Breakfast in 2018.
Dr. Al-Abadleh grew up in the United Arab Emirates. In high school, she developed an interest in the chemical impacts on the environment and went on to graduate as one of the top 10 students in the country.
Following her undergraduate studies in chemistry at the United Arab Emirates University, Dr. Al-Abadleh earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Iowa, and postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Al-Abadleh immigrated to Canada in 2004, and became a full citizen in 2009.
As a visible minority, Dr. Al-Abadleh advocates for increased representation and support to marginalized groups in the physical sciences. Her dream is to become a mentor and influence people in their scientific pursuits, just as others have influenced her career and personal development.
Hind Al-Abadleh’s research on atmospheric chemistry was partially funded by NSERC.