Dr. Jose Luis Jimenez To Receive 2010 Rosenstiel Award from University of Miami

Atmospheric chemist develops, debugs and demonstrates exciting new technologies

Jose Jimenez

MIAMI — March 29, 2010 — The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science announced today that it has selected Jose L. Jimenez, Ph.D., as recipient of the 2010 Rosenstiel Award. An Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, his work applies groundbreaking measurement techniques to atmospheric science, addressing  critical questions regarding aerosols in our environment and their role in climate change and air quality. Among his many successes, Jimenez 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.

Besides pioneering multiple new techniques for measurement and data analysis with the AMS, Jimenez’s research accomplishments include the initial application of high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry to the AMS, development of new data analysis software for these instruments, the discovery of the dominance of oxygenated species (OOA) in ambient organic aerosol, the development of eddy covariance flux measurements using the AMS, and the quantification of O/C, H/C, and N/C ratios for organic compounds from AMS observations.

“This year a large group of outstanding young scientists were nominated for this award and Jose’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 & Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.

Since joining the University of Colorado faculty in 2002, Jimenez has established a talented and vigorous research group that has participated in more than twenty 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 our understanding of submicron particulate matter, in general, and the amazingly complex topic of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), in particular. In 2007 he received the Provost Faculty Achievement Award from University of Colorado for his efforts.

Jimenez has co-authored over a 100 widely cited scientific publications including a recent first-author paper in Science, has convened more than half a dozen scientific conferences, and has been a keynote speaker at more than two dozen seminars around the world. Since 2006 he has served as a co-editor of the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and is also currently an associate editor of the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, which was launched in 2009.

He received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Career Award in 2004. Jimenez has also won NASA Group Achievement Awards for the Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment (2006) and for the Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites Experiment (2008).  His “outstanding contributions to aerosol science and technology” were cited as the basis for the 2008 Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research.

Jimenez received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.  He obtained his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at both the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain and the Université de Technologie de Compigne, France, in 1993.

He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Association for Aerosol Research, American Chemical Society, and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 

About the Rosenstiel Award
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 that are already making outstanding scientific contributions in their early to mid-career stages.

The Rosenstiel Award, created through an endowment from the Rosenstiel Foundation, recognizes outstanding scientists for their contributions to marine science and in oceanographically relevant areas of atmospheric science with a $10,000 prize.It is awarded annually to one individual on a rotating basis for achievements in six broad disciplinary areas: marine geology and geophysics; meteorology and physical oceanography; marine and atmospheric chemistry; marine biology and fisheries; applied marine physics; and marine affairs. This year’s award to Jimenez falls within the discipline of marine and atmospheric chemistry.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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