Background and Research Interests
Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey is the Dudley Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
He is currently the Chair of the Department Chemistry at UTEP. He received his PhD from New Mexico State University in 1988. The research interests of Dr. Gardea include: applications of spectroscopy techniques in environmental chemistry; phytoremediation, novel methods for the bioproduction of nanoparticles, development of analytical methods to detect nanomaterials, study of the fate of nanoparticles in the environment, and applications of nanotechnology to clean water among others. His current research is funded by the US NIH, DOE, EPA, USDA, and the NSF. He is a co-investigator in the NSF/EPA funded “Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology” (UCCEIN) . He is also a co-investigator in the recently funded NSF Engineering Research Center "Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems" (NEWT).
He has authored over 400 publications and issued 5 US patents for environmental remediation. Dr. Gardea has graduated 32 PhD. Students (26 in Environmental Science and Engineering and 6 in Chemistry), and 28 students have received their M.Sc. degrees under his mentorship. Also he has mentored more than 35 undergraduate students in research.
The scientific contributions of Dr. Gardea have allowed him to receive many honors throughout his professional life. Recently, he received the 2015 distinguished alumni award from the New Mexico State University. His research achievements are highlighted in the Lawrence Hall of Science of the University of California Berkeley. He received the 2009 SACNAS Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award and he was awarded the 2012 Piper Professor Award, which is the most prestigious honor conferred to a Professor in the State of Texas.
Dr. Gardea’s career has been highlighted by the most important Journals in Science and Engineering, including the October 28, 2009 issue of Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) and the December 3, 2009 Issue of Nature. He was Editor of the Journal of hazardous material from 2007 to 2010 and in January 1, 2011, he was appointed Associate Editor of ES&T, which is ranked # 1 in the world in the fields of Environmental Sciences and Environmental Engineering.
Awards and Activities
2015 New Mexico State University Distinguished Alumni Award
2014 UTEP Award for Outstanding Efforts in Securing Extramural Funding
2014 Mentor Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, UTEP Honors Convocation.
2013 Excellence in Research Mentorship Award, UTEP, College of Science.
2013 Honorary Professor, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2012 Piper Professor Award, which is the most prestigious honor conferred to a Professor in the State of Texas.
2012 Grand Marshal at Commencement ceremony
2011 UTEP Green Award
2011 UTEP Finalist for the State of Texas's Piper Award
2011 UTEP College of Science Distinguished Teaching Award
Associate Editor, Environmental Science and Technology, Jan. 2011 - Present.
2009 SACNAS Distinguished Scientist of the YEAR Award
Editor, The Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2006-2010
Editorial Advisory Board of the Environmental Science and
Technology Journal, 2006
Nominated for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006
Research Mentorship Award, October 2005
Member of the Governor of Texas' Emerging Technology Committee, 2005.
Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas Invited Fellow, 2005.
Distinguished recognition at the Lawrence Hall of Science,
University of California Berkeley, 2004
American Microchemical Society's Benedetti-Pichler Award, 2004
Member of the International Advisory Committee of Southern and Eastern Africa Network of Analytical Chemistry (SEANAC), 2003
Exceptional Leadership Award, UTEP-Environmental Science and
Border Environment in the Paso del Norte Region Outstanding Award, 2002
Dudley Professorship Awarded at University of Texas at El Paso, 2001
University of Texas at El Paso Distinguished Achievement Award for