Vol. 24, No. 3
Receives the ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science
Atkinson, a professor at the University of California, Riverside,
has received the American Chemical Societys 2002 Award for Creative
Advances in Environmental Science and Technology. The purpose of the
award, which is sponsored by Air Products & Chemicals Inc., is to
encourage creativity in research and technology or methods of analysis
to provide a scientific basis for informed environmental control decision-making
processes, or to provide practical technologies which will reduce
health risk factors.
has conducted 30 years of research at the University of California,
Riverside into the atmospheric chemistry of volatile organic compounds
(VOCs). Through his research he has been able to piece together the
kinetics, products, and mechanisms of the photooxidation of a number
of VOCs by hydroxyl radicals, nitrate radicals, and ozone. Atkinson
is particularly known for compiling the data generated by his group
and other research groups into publications that are widely used by
the atmospheric chemistry community, and involved in a related IUPAC
is director of the universitys Air Pollution Research Center (APRC)
and he is distinguished professor of atmospheric chemistry in the department
of environmental sciences. He is a faculty member in the department
of chemistry and a member of the universitys interdepartmental
graduate program in environmental toxicology.
of Scarborough, England, Atkinson received B.A. (1966) and M.A. (1970)
degrees in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge. He also
received a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Cambridge in 1969.
is the author of some 400 papers, book chapters, and reports, and he
has served on numerous state, national, and international air pollution
committees and advisory panels. He was elected a fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science in 1997.