Alan Gertler

Dr. Alan Gertler: Professional Qualifications/CV

Dr. Alan Gertler

Title: Vice President of Research and Chief Science Officer
Affiliation: Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Location: DRI Reno
Phone: 775.674.7061
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Keywords: Renewable energy, urban air quality, air quality management, transboundary transport of pollutants, mobile sources, resuspended road dust, emissions, atmospheric deposition

Professional Interests

Dr. Gertler is the Vice President of Research and Chief Science Officer at the Desert Research Institute.  He is also the Senior Director of DRI’s Clean Technologies and Renewable Energy Center, the organizational umbrella under which all of DRI’s renewable energy research, education, and outreach are conducted.  His research includes both laboratory and field studies of atmospheric chemistry with particular emphasis on the impact of mobile sources on the environment.  Dr. Gertler’s research at DRI has also included characterization of factors affecting the rate and mechanism of SO2 and NOx oxidation in the atmosphere, wet and dry deposition processes, studies of chemical processes leading to "gas-to-particle" conversion, the effects of acids and their precursors on materials, fog and cloud droplet characterization, trace analysis of pollutants in air and water samples, and development of quality assurance procedures to ensure accuracy of wet and dry deposition data.  In addition, he has investigated discrepancies between observed and predicted automotive emission factors.
His current research includes measurements and characterization of emissions from mobile sources operating on traditional, biofuel, and HCNG blends, development of new methods to attribute observed PM levels to specific sources, evaluating the magnitude and sources of atmospheric deposition, source apportionment and urban air qualities studies in the developing world, and the use and impact of alternative fuels for transportation and power generation.  Among his many research projects (>$40M as PI or co-PI), Dr. Gertler has served as principal investigator for the NREL-sponsored Hydrogen Deployment and Safety in Transportation Applications and Renewable Energy Hydrogen Based System for Off-Grid Applications projects, Health Effects Institute sponsored Real-World Particulate Matter and Gaseous Emissions from Motor Vehicles in a Highway Tunnel, source attribution component of the USAID-sponsored Cairo Air Improvement Project, World Bank/NREL sponsored Hyderabad Source Apportionment Study, NCHRP-supported Road Sanding and Salting Effects on PM10 and PM2.5 Emissions by On-Road Vehicles, and the SERDP-sponsored Development and Validation of a Predictive Model to Assess the Impact of Coastal Operations on Urban Scale Air Quality.  He is currently the project manager for the DOE sponsored Nevada Renewable Energy Consortium and PI for the EPA sponsored program: Developing an Urban Air Quality Management Program in Jakarta.

Research Areas

  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Ambient Air and Source Sampling
  • Chemical and Physical Analysis
  • Modeling and Impact Assessment
  • Quality Assurance


Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.

Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
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Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Diversity at DRI
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.

K-12 Outreach and Education
Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.

Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.

DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
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Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
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