University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA
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 33 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.