Mario J. Molina
University of California, San Diego
Election Year: 1993
Primary Section: 63, Environmental Sciences and Ecology
Membership Type: Member
My research concerns the chemistry of the global atmosphere and the various ways in which it can be affected by human activities. The main goal of this research is to understand at a fundamental level key atmospheric chemical processes that have important consequences, so that reliable predictions of future changes can be made. The two main areas of our research are heterogeneous chemistry, and gas phase chemical kinetics and photochemistry. Laboratory work in my group has been focused on the chemistry of ozone depletion in the stratosphere, and more recently we have started investigations of chemical processes involving reactive gases and particles of importance for regional and urban air pollution. We are also pursuing interdisciplinary work on the problem of rapidly growing cities with severe air pollution problems. Using Mexico City as a case study, this work is aimed at improving the environmental decision-making process through education and the better use of scientific, technical and socio-economic understanding.