Jeffrey Steven Gaffney, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Gaffney

Title: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Company: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Location: Benton, Arkansas, United States

Jeffrey Steven Gaffney, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry and higher education.

Maintaining research and teaching interests in atmospheric and environmental chemistry, natural radionuclides, stable carbon isotopes and trace metals as tracers, nanomaterials in the environment, climate change, organic chemistry, and the development of novel analytical instrumentation, Dr. Gaffney has held the title of professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2016, having previously been chair and professor of chemistry from 2006 to 2016. Prior to this role, he was a senior chemist at the Argonne National Laboratory from 1989 to 2006 and a staff scientist in INC-7 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1985 to 1988. He commenced his career at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he served as a research associate, associate chemist and chemist between 1975 and 1985.

The author of over 140 journal articles and 25 book chapters, Dr. Gaffney served as a longtime chief scientist and mentor of more than 90 doctoral students for the Department of Energy Global Change Education Program between 1998 and 2013. He cites the highlight of his career to be working alongside Dr. Mario Molina, a Nobel Prize winner, in the MILAGRO field study of the Department of Energy in 2006. In their positions, they sought to understand the effects of climate change on a megacity. To share his wealth of knowledge with the scientific community, he also co-authored the 2017 textbook “General Chemistry for Engineers” and co-edited the 1996 textbook “Humic and Fulvic Acids” and 2005 textbook “Urban Aerosols and Their Impacts.” He plans to release the forthcoming book “Chemistry of Environmental Systems: Fundamental Principles and Analytical Methods” in 2019, which he co-authored with his wife Dr. Nancy A. Marley.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his profession, Dr. Gaffney has accrued multiple accolades and honors. The recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2015, he also earned the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy from the American Chemical Society in 2000 and the Faculty Excellence Award for Research from the College of Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012. Likewise, he was highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from the University of California, Riverside.

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