Mario J. Molina

Mario Jose Molina is a Mexican Chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995 for studies on the damage to ozone layer by the use of CFC’s. Molina shared the prize with Paul Crutzen and Frank Sherwood Rowland. He is a key discoverer of the Atlantic Ozone Hole. Molina showed that CFC’s react with UV radiation to form free radicals of chlorine, fluorine and carbon (main constituents of CFC). These free radicals then destroy the ozone molecules making earth and inhabitants more prone to damages by harmful UV radiation.

Molina received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 1983 (with F. Sherwood Rowland), ACS Gustavus J. Esselen Award 1987, AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize 1988 and NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Advancement 1989.

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1999 Sasakawa Environment Prize – United Nations Environmental Programme

1998 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology

1998 Willard Gibbs Medal

1996 Walker Prize

1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

1994 Max Planck Research Award

1989 Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement – NASA

1987 Newcomb-Cleveland Prize – American Association for the Advancement of Science

1987 Esselen Award – American Chemical Society

1983 Tyler Environmental Prize

1.    Noda Jun; Volkamer Rainer; Molina Mario J. Dealkylation of alkylbenzenes: a significant pathway in the toluene, o-, m-, p-xylene + OH reaction. The journal of physical chemistry. A 2009;113(35):9658-66.
2.    Moffet Ryan C; Desyaterik Yury; Hopkins Rebecca J; Tivanski Alexei V; Gilles Mary K; Wang Y; Shutthanandan V; Molina Luisa T; Abraham Rodrigo Gonzalez; Johnson Kirsten S; Mugica Violeta; Molina Mario J; Laskin Alexander; Prather Kimberly A. Characterization of aerosols containing Zn, Pb, and Cl from an industrial region of Mexico City. Environmental science & technology 2008;42(19):7091-7.
3.    Johnson K S; Laskin A; Jimenez J L; Shutthanandan V; Molina L T; Salcedo D; Dzepina K; Molina M J. Comparative analysis of urban atmospheric aerosol by particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE), proton elastic scattering analysis (PESA), and aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS). Environmental science & technology 2008;42(17):6619-24.
4.    Park Jong-Ho; Ivanov Andrey V; Molina Mario J. Effect of relative humidity on OH uptake by surfaces of atmospheric importance. The journal of physical chemistry. A 2008;112(30):6968-77.
5.    Holguin Fernando; Flores Silvia; Ross Zev; Cortez Marlene; Molina Mario; Molina Luisa; Rincon Carlos; Jerrett Michael; Berhane Kiros; Granados Alfredo; Romieu Isabelle. Traffic-related exposures, airway function, inflammation, and respiratory symptoms in children. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 2007;176(12):1236-42.
6.    McNeill V Faye; Geiger Franz M; Loerting Thomas; Trout Bernhardt L; Molina Luisa T; Molina Mario J. Interaction of hydrogen chloride with ice surfaces: the effects of grain size, surface roughness, and surface disorder. The journal of physical chemistry. A 2007;111(28):6274-84.
7.    Zhang Renyi; Li Guohui; Fan Jiwen; Wu Dong L; Molina Mario J. Intensification of Pacific storm track linked to Asian pollution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2007;104(13):5295-9.
8.    Ivanov Andrey V; Trakhtenberg Sofia; Bertram Allan K; Gershenzon Yulii M; Molina Mario J. OH, HO2, and ozone gaseous diffusion coefficients. The journal of physical chemistry. A 2007;111(9):1632-7.
9.    Rauch Sebastien; Peucker-Ehrenbrink Bernhard; Molina Luisa T; Molina Mario J; Ramos Rafael; Hemond Harold F. Platinum group elements in airborne particles in Mexico City. Environmental science & technology 2006;40(24):7554-60.
10.    Bogdan A; Molina M J; Sassen K; Kulmala M. Formation of low-temperature cirrus from H2SO4/H2O aerosol droplets. The journal of physical chemistry. A 2006;110(46):12541-2.
11.    McNeill V Faye; Loerting Thomas; Geiger Franz M; Trout Bernhardt L; Molina Mario J. Hydrogen chloride-induced surface disordering on ice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2006;103(25):9422-7.
12.    San Martini Federico M; West J Jason; de Foy Benjamin; Molina Luisa T; Molina Mario J; Sosa Gustavo; McRae Gregory J. Modeling inorganic aerosols and their response to changes in precursor concentration in Mexico City. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995) 2005;55(6):803-15.
13.    Chow Judith C; Watson John G; Shah Jitendra J; Kiang C S; Loh Christine; Lev-On Miriam; Lents James M; Molina Mario J; Molina Luisa T. Megacities and atmospheric pollution. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995) 2004;54(10):1226-35.
14.    Zhang Renyi; Suh Inseon; Zhao Jun; Zhang Dan; Fortner Edward C; Tie Xuexi; Molina Luisa T; Molina Mario J. Atmospheric new particle formation enhanced by organic acids. Science (New York, N.Y.) 2004;304(5676):1487-90.
15.    Molina Luisa T; Molina Mario J. Improving air quality in megacities: Mexico City case study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2004;1023():142-58.
16.    Molina Mario J; Molina Luisa T. Megacities and atmospheric pollution. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995) 2004;54(6):644-80.
17.    Marr Linsey C; Grogan Lisa A; Wöhrnschimmel Henry; Molina Luisa T; Molina Mario J; Smith Thomas J; Garshick Eric Vehicle traffic as a source of particulate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure in the Mexico City metropolitan area. Environmental science & technology 2004;38(9):2584-92.
18.    Suh Inseon; Zhang Renyi; Molina Luisa T; Molina Mario J. Oxidation mechanism of aromatic peroxy and bicyclic radicals from OH-toluene reactions. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2003;125(41):12655-65.
19.    Goto M; Inoue Y; Kawasaki M; Guschin A G; Molina L T; Molina M J; Wallington T J; Hurley M D. Atmospheric chemistry of HFE-7500 in-C3F7CF(OC2H5)CF(CF3)2]: reaction with OH radicals and Cl atoms and atmospheric fate of n-C3F7CF(OCHO*)CF(CF3)2 and n-C3F7CF(OCH2CH2O9)CF(CF3)2 radicals. Environmental science & technology 2002;36(11):2395-402.

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