Chemistry professor recognized for work in atmospheric science

By Staff


Jose L. Jimenez, Ph.D., an associate professor of chemistry and a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been awarded the 2010 Rosenstiel Award from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Jimenez's work applies groundbreaking measurement techniques to atmospheric science, addressing critical questions regarding aerosols in the environment and their role in climate change and air quality.

He has been a key global player in making the Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) the most widely used instrument for real-time analysis of aerosol size and composition.

"This year a large group of outstanding young scientists were nominated for this award and Dr. Jimenez's selection is a testament to the quality of his science and the enormous impact of his work within the atmospheric chemistry community," said Dr. Anthony Hynes, chair of the division of marine and atmospheric science at the University of Miami.

Since joining the CU faculty in 2002, Jimenez has established a talented and vigorous research group that has participated in more than 20 field measurement missions with airborne and/or ground site deployments of AMS and other diagnostic instrumentation. These missions have led to important collaborations and their results have greatly expanded the understanding of submicron particulate matter, in general, and the complex topic of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), in particular.

A member of the CU faculty since 2002, Jimenez received the Provost Faculty Achievement Award from CU in 2007. The Rosenstiel Award honors scientists who, in the past decade, have made significant and growing impacts in their field. It is an award targeted for researchers who are already making outstanding scientific contributions in their early to mid-career stages.