Marcelo Guzman

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  • Associate Professor
  • Analytical
  • Appalachian Center
  • Biological
  • Chemistry
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • Organic
  • Physical
121 Chemistry-Physics Building
859-323-2892
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Education

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology 2002-2006
Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard University 2007-2010

Biography

Marcelo I. Guzman is an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the University of Kentucky, where he teaches analytical and environmental chemistry courses. In 2013, he received a NSF CAREER award. He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, 2007) working on ice chemistry with Michael R. Hoffmann. In 2002, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) working on Paper and Photograph Conservation in the Sherman Fairchild Center. For his postdoctoral experience he joined the Origins of Life Initiative at Harvard University as an Origins Fellow working with Scot T. Martin.

Honors and Awards
  • Top Reviewer in the Global Peer Review Award (Web of Science). Top 1% in cross-field of reviewers in Publons between 9/1/2018 and 9/1/2019.
  • ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Appreciation for 15 years of service, 2019.
  • Appointed to the Photochemistry Section of the Editorial Board of Molecules 2019.
  • Appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 2019.
  • NSF CAREER Award 2013–2018.
  • Selected for the NSF/NASA RCN Origins Meeting at the Santa Fe Institute 2018.
  • Awarded an A&S international scholar program grant 2018–2019.
  • Awarded an ISARRA grant for the 2018 Conference.
  • Appointed to the Editorial Board of Environments 2018.
  • Awarded an International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Grant by the Surface Ocean Lower Atmospheric Study (SOLAS) International Project for the Cryosphere and Atmospheric Chemistry (CATCH) Workshop 2017.
  • Appointed to the Editorial Board of Atmosphere 2016.
  • ACS Young Academic Investigators Awardee in Organic Chemistry 2016.
  • College Research Activity Award for the Goldschmidt Conference 2013.
  • ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Merit for 10 years of service, 2014.
  • College Research Activity Award for the Goldschmidt Conference 2011.
  • Harvard Origins of Life Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2007–2010.
  • ISSOL award to young scientists 2008.
  • Young scientist best poster award. Gordon Research Conference: Origin of Life 2008.
  • Vito Vanoni Caltech Institute Fellowship 2002 – 2003.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2002.
  • Research Council Fellowship, National University of Tucuman 1999–2001.
  • Honors medal to the best Chemistry Graduate from the National University system, class of 2000. Awarded by the Argentine Chemical Society.
Research

The Guzman group studies processes occurring in environmental interfaces and is interested in research problems of interdisciplinary scope. We are currently investigating photooxidative reactions of organic molecules of environmental relevance to understand the processing of pollutants "on the surface of" and "in" atmospheric aerosols, clouds, and fogs. Some of our recent accomplishments include to have provided comprehensive photochemical and heterogeneous oxidation reaction mechanisms for the processing of dissolved organic matter molecular probes "in" and "on the surface of" aqueous aerosol mimics. The laboratory applies soft ionization methods such as online electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (OESI-MS), multiple chromatographic separations, one and two dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance, and various spectroscopies to contrast the fast oxidation of biomass burning and combustion emissions at the air-water interface versus the air-solid interface. One of our latest environmental chemistry developments is the creation of integrated unmanned aerial systems for environmental monitoring of trace gases. We are also interested on the potential use of photocatalysis for fuel production and to jumpstart a prebiotic chemical cycle related to the origin of life. Because past work has focused on the study of reactions in ice matrices, the laboratory is also experienced in ice chemistry. Learn more about our work at the group website: http://www.guzmanlab.com/research

Graduate Training

Physical and Environmental Organic Chemistry

Positions Available

We are searching for inspired and self-motivated graduate students interested in joining the lab. If you are prospective student for the incoming 2020 class, please forward an application letter, a list of three references and CV to Professor Marcelo I. Guzman (marcelo dot guzman at uky dot edu; Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0055). If you are currently a graduate student of the 2019 class at UK or an undergraduate interested in registering for CHE 395, feel free to send me an email to schedule a meeting so we can talk about the exciting projects in the lab.

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