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UCR Research Faculty Receives Air Quality Award

Air Quality Award Presented to UC Riverside Research Faculty Member

William Carter honored for three decades of research in the area of air pollution science.

(May 19, 2005)

William Carter

William Carter

William P. L. Carter, a University of California Riverside research faculty member who studies the gas-phase atmospheric reactions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) has been recognized by the California Air Resources Board for his three-decade-long contributions in the area of air pollution science.

Carter holds a joint appointment at the Air Pollution Research Center (APRC) and the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

He is one of three recipients of the 2005 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award. The California Air Resources Board presents the award each year to one scientific researcher, one policy maker and one health researcher who have made significant contributions toward improving air quality through their lifetimes and exhibit commitment, perseverance, leadership, and innovation, in areas of science, policy, technology, public education or community service. Carter’s co-recipients include Curtis A. Moore and Timothy C. Belian. The awards were presented at the 2005 Haagen-Smit Symposium in Aptos, California in April.

Carter is a world leader in probing and explaining the photooxidation mechanisms and ozone-forming potential of VOCs. Emissions of VOCs from motor vehicles, solvent usage, and many industrial processes play an important role in the formation of ozone and other “oxidants” in photochemical smog. His findings on ozone formation and photooxidation mechanisms are an essential element in the urban and regional airshed models that are used to develop control strategies to achieve air quality standards. The reactivity scales he has devised have enabled air pollution control agencies to focus their regulatory efforts on VOCs with high ozone-forming potential. His lifetime work has had a significant impact on how air pollution control strategies are formulated.

Carter joined APRC as a postdoctoral researcher in 1973 and is now a member of the research faculty. He joined CE-CERT in 1993. In 2003, the Institute for Scientific Information recognized him as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world for making fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology in the recent decade.

In 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected Carter to lead a three-year project to develop a “next-generation” atmospheric chamber capable of more precise experimental research into ozone and particulate formation. He is author or co-author of approximately 70 journal articles and 60 technical reports in the areas of atmospheric chemistry, chemical mechanism development, and VOC reactivity assessment.

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