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Chemistry International
Vol. 24, No. 3
May 2002


Awards and Honors

Roger Atkinson Receives the ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology

Roger Atkinson, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, has received the American Chemical Society’s 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.

Atkinson 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 project.

Atkinson is director of the university’s 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 university’s interdepartmental graduate program in environmental toxicology.

A native 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.

Atkinson 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.






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