Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey


Background and Research Interests

Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey is the Dudley Professor of Environmental Science & Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

He is currently the Chair of the Department Chemistry at UTEP.  He received his Ph.D. 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).

Dr. Gardea at the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Gardea-Torresdey has authored over 420 publications and issued 5 US patents for environmental remediation. Dr. Gardea has graduated 33 Ph.D. Students (26 in Environmental Science and Engineering, 6 in Chemistry and 1 in Material Sciences), and 29 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 first ever  Graduate Mentor Award in UTEP history (2016.) 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. 

Dr. Gardea receives the 2016 Mentoring Award

Dr. Gardea receives the 2016 Mentoring Award

Dr. Gardea research group FALL 2015

Dr. Gardea research group FALL 2015

Dr. Gardea receives the 2015, New Mexico State University Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Gardea receives the 2015, New Mexico State University Distinguished Alumni Award

UTEP Part of Team Receiving Millions to Clean Up Drinking Water
Dr Gardea-Torresdey receives the most Prestigious Honor in the state of Texas: The Piper Award.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey receives the most Prestigious Honor in the state of Texas: The Piper Award.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as a Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as a Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Dr Gardea-Torresdey as Grand Marshal at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Awards and Activities

Editorial Board, Science of the Total Environment, 2016-2019

2016 Awarded the title of Honorary Professor at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, September 2016.

2016 Recipient of the First Ever UTEP Graduate Mentor Award in UTEP history.

2015 Outstanding Performance Award for outstanding efforts in securing extramural funding, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.

2015 Mentor Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, UTEP Honors Convocation

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

Awarded the title of Honorary Professor, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, June 19, 2013.

2012 Piper Professor Award, this is the most distinguished Award for a Professor in the State of Texas.

2012 UTEP College of Science Distinguished Teaching Award

2011 UTEP Green Chemistry Award

2011 UTEP College of Science Distinguished Teaching Award

Reappointed to the Richard M and Francis M Dudley Endowed Chair for a full five-year appointment from September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2016

2011-present Associate Editor for North America, Environmental Science and Technology (this journal is ranked number one in the world in the fields of environmental sciences & engineering)

2007-2010 Editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials

2009 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Distinguished Scientist Award

2008 Environmental Science and Technology Excellence in Review Award.

Reappointed to the Richard M and Francis M Dudley Endowed Chair for a full five-year appointment from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2011

2007 University of Texas at El Paso Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching,

The “Chromium Symposium” organized by Dr. Gardea-Torresdey at the 233rd ACS National Meeting makes the cover page of the journal Chemical & Engineering News.

Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Science and Technology, January 2007-August 2011. This board also advises the US government on issues related to Environmental Science and Technology

Editorial Board, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, January 2003-2006, Reappointed 2007-2010

Guest Editor-in-Chief, Microchemical Journal, Special Issue on “Applications of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy,” published April 2002 

Editorial Board, Advances in Environmental Research, January 2002-2005

Editorial Board, Journal of Hazardous Materials, June 2001-2011

Editorial Board, Applied Spectroscopy Reviews, May 2001-present

Editorial Board, Scientiae Naturae, November 2001-present

Editorial Board, Microchemical Journal, May 2000-present

Highlighted in the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California –Berkeley, June 2004-present (for my research in Nanobiotechnology). Research Hall on nanotechnology (Nano Zone).

Recipient of the prestigious 2004 Benedetti-Pichler Award given by the American Microchemical Society for contributions to microchemistry.

Research highlighted by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Fall 2003

Research highlighted by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences in the 2005 Budget request to US Congress of 2 billion dollars.

Exceptional Leadership Award presented by the students of UTEP-Environmental Science and Engineering  Ph.D. Program 2003 

Outstanding Award, Border Environment in the Paso del Norte Region, 2002

Dudley Endowed Chair Awarded at University of Texas at El Paso, January 2001

2001 University of Texas at El Paso Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, (Most Prestigious Award Given to a Faculty Member)

Chairman, Rio Grande Valley Section of the American Chemical Society, 1998

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, Presented by the UTEP ACS Student Affiliates, 1998

Nominated to be in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, October, 1997

Sigma Xi Research Society Award, 1987

Award for Outstanding Performance from the President of Mexico, Mexico City, 1980

(Selected as one of the most outstanding graduating seniors in Chemical Engineering from all Mexican Universities)