James Norman Smith
School of Physical Sciences
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2000, Environmental Science and Engineering
Phone: (303) 888-0468
University of California, Irvine
317C Rowland Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
2014-2017: Brazilian Science Mobility Program (Programa Ciência sem Fronteiras) Special Visiting Researcher Scholarship
2009: Kenneth T. Whitby Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to aerosol science and technology by a beginning scientist, American Association for Aerosol Research.
2000: Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Outstanding Research in Chemistry, Chemistry Department, California Institute of Technology.
2000-2001: Advanced Study Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO.
Prof. Smith is interested in understanding the chemical processes responsible for the formation of nanometer-sized particles in the atmosphere, as well as studying their impacts on human health and the Earth’s climate. To accomplish this, he develops instruments, like the Thermal Desorption Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer and the Cluster Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer, for determining the molecular composition of ambient nanoparticles and key gas-phase precursors. He uses these instruments in laboratory experiments and on field campaigns all over the world; recent campaigns have taken place at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, the forests of Central Finland and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.
Head of Instrument Design Group
Aerometrics, Inc. 1985—1992
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio 2009—2011