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Dr. Alan W. Gertler

Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer
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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 (>M 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

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D. 1979 University of California, Los Angeles Physical Chemistry
B.S. 1973 State University of New York, Albany Chemistry

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Xi
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • American Chemical Society, Environmental Division
  • Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) 

Awards and Honors

  • Regents’ Researcher Award, Nevada System of Higher Education, 2009.
  • President, International Union of Air of Pollution Prevention & Environmental Protection Agencies (IUAPPA) and the International Academy of Science, 2007–2010.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Board of Regents, University and Community College System of Nevada, 2001.
  • Hope for the Future for a Sustainable World Award 2001, International Union of Air Pollution Prevention & Environmental Protection Agencies (IUAPPA) and the International Academy of Science, 2000.
  • Alessandro Dandini Medal of Science, Desert Research Institute, 2000.
  • Thomas Kuhn Medal, International Union of Air of Pollution Prevention & Environmental Protection Agencies (IUAPPA) and the International Academy of Science, 1998.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Board of Regents, University and Community College System of Nevada, 1998/99.

Committees and Offices

  • President the International Union of Air of Air Pollution Prevention & Environmental Protection Agencies (IUAPPA) (2007–present)
  • Vice President the International Union of Air of Air Pollution Prevention & Environmental Protection Agencies (IUAPPA) (2005–2007)
  • A&WMA, General Conference Chair, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Environmental Resources Management Specialty Conference, March, 1996
  • A&WMA/EPA Technical Program Chair, Computing in Environmental Management International Conference December, 1996
  • A&WMA/EPA Technical Program Chair, Computing in Environmental Management International Conference November, 1994
  • Vice-Chair, A&WMA Basic Sciences Division (2002–2005)
  • Chair, A&WMA Basic Sciences Division (2005–present)
  • Secretary, A&WMA Technical Committee AB-2, Chemistry (1993–1996)
  • Chair, A&WMA Technical Committee AB-2, Chemistry (1991–1993, 1996–1999)
  • A&WMA Technical Committee AB-2, Chemistry
  • A&WMA Technical Committee AS-1, Mobile Sources

Selected Publications, Reports and Presentations

Guttikunda, S.K., Kopakka, R.V., Dasari, P., and Gertler, A.W. (2012). Receptor model-based source apportionment of particulate pollution in Hyderabad, India. Environ. Monit. Assess. 10.1007/s10661-012-2969-2.

Zhu, D., Kuhns, H.D., Gillies, J.A., Etyemezian, V., Brown, S., and Gertler, A.W. (2012). Analysis of the effectiveness of control measures to mitigate road dust emissions in a regional network. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 17 (4), 332–340.

Lowenthal, D.H., Gertler, A.W., and Labib, M.W. (2013). PM source apportionment in Cairo:  recent measurements and comparison with previous studies, Environ. Monit. Assess., submitted.

Zhang, Y., Obrist, D., Zielinska, B., and Gertler, A.W. (2013).  Particulate emissions from different types of prescribed biomass burning.  Atmos. Environ., accepted.

Zhu, D. Kuhns, H.D., Gillies, J.A., and Gertler, A.W. (2013). Evaluating vehicle re-entrained road dust and its potential to deposit to Lake Tahoe: a bottom-up inventory approach.  Environ. Monitor. Software, submitted.

Zhu, D. H.D. Kuhns, J.A. Gillies, V. Etyemezian, S. Brown, and A.W. Gertler (2011). Analysis of the Effectiveness of Control Measures to Mitigate Road Dust Emissions in a Regional Network, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 17 (4), 332–340.

Asaf, D., M. Peleg, J. Alsawair, A. Soleiman, V. Matveev, E. Tas, A. Gertler, and M. Luria, 2011: Trans-Boundary Transport of Ozone from the Eastern Mediterranean Coast. Atmos. Environ., 45(31), 5595-5601.

Zhu, D., H. Kuhns, J. Gillies, V. Etyemezian, A. Gertler, and S. Brown (2011). Inferring Deposition Velocities from Changes in Aerosol Size Distributions Downwind of a Roadway, Atmos. Environ., 45, 957-966.

Gertler, A.W., L. Bates Frymel, K. Stubbs, and R. Mills (2010).  2010 World Congress:  Achieving Environmental in a Resource Hungry World, Environmental Manager, December 2010.

Guttinkunda, S.K., A.W. Gertler, R. Koppaka, Sources of PM10 and PM2.5 in Hyderabad, India (2010).  Environ. Monitoring and Assess., submitted.

Abu-Allaban, M. D.H. Lowenthal, A.W. Gertler, and M. Labib (2009). 
Sources of Volatile Organic Compounds in Cairo’s Ambient Air, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment157, 179-189.

Engelbrecht, J.P., E.V. McDonald, J.A. Gillies, R.K.M. Jayanty, G. Casuccio and A.W. Gertler (2009). 
Characterizing Mineral Dusts and Other Aerosols from the Middle East—Part 1: Ambient Sampling, Inhalation Toxicology21(4), 297-326.

Engelbrecht, J.P., E.V. McDonald, J.A. Gillies, R.K.M. Jayanty, G. Casuccio and A.W. Gertler (2009). 
Characterizing Mineral Dusts and Other Aerosols from the Middle East—Part 2: Grab Samples and Re-Suspensions, Inhalation Toxicology21(4), 327-336.

Kahyaolu-Korain, J., S. Bassett, D. Mouat, and A. Gertler (2009). 
Application of A Scenario-Based Modeling System to Predict the Air Quality Impacts of Future Growth, Atmospheric Environment43, 1021-1028.

Zhu, D., H.D. Kuhns, S. Brown, J.A. Gillies, V. Etyemezian, and A.W. Gertler (2009). 
Fugitive Dust Emissions from Paved Road Travel in the Lake Tahoe Basin, JA&WMA15, 1219-1229.

Gillies, J.A., M. Abu-Allaban, A.W. Gertler, D. Lowenthal, B. Jennison, A. Goodrich (2008). 
Enhanced PM2.5 Source Apportionment Using Chemical Mass Balance Receptor Modeling and Scanning Electron Microscopy, Jordan Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences1, 1-9.

Weinroth, E., W. Stockwell, D. Korain, J. Kahyaolu-Korain, M. Luria, T. McCord, D. Podnar, and A. Gertler (2008). 
A Hybrid Model for Local and Regional Ozone Forecasting, Atmospheric Environment42, 7002-7012.

Abu-Allaban, M., J.A. Gillies, A.W. Gertler, R. Clayton, and D. Proffitt (2007). 
Motor Vehicle Contributions to Ambient PM10 and PM2.5 for Selected Urban Areas in the U.S., Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 132, 155-163.

Abu-Allaban, M., D.H. Lowenthal, A.W. Gertler, and M. Labib (2007). 
Sources of PM10 and PM2.5 in Cairo. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment133, 417-425.

Abu-Allaban, M., S. Hamasha, and A.W. Gertler (2006). 
Road Dust Resuspension in the Vicinity of Limestone Quarries in Jordan, J. Air and Waste Management Association56, 1440-1444.

Gertler, A.W., A. Bytnerowicz, T.A. Cahill, M. Arbaugh, S. Cliff, J.K. Korain, L. Tarnay, R. Alonso, and W. Frczek (2006). 
Local Pollutants Threaten Lake Tahoe’s Clarity, California Agriculture, 60, 53-58.

Gertler, A., Kuhns, H., Damm, C., Abu-Allaban, M., Gillies, J., Clayton, R., and Proffitt, D. (2006). 
The Impact of Winter Road Sand/Salt and Street Sweeping on Road Dust Re-Entrainment, Atmospheric Environment40, 5976-5985.

Engle, M.A., M.S. Gustin, S.E. Lindberg, A.W. Gertler, P.A. Ariya (2005). 
The Influence of Ozone on Atmospheric Emissions of Gaseous Elemental Mercury and Reactive Gaseous Mercury from Substrates, Atmospheric Environment39, 7506-7517.

Gertler, A.W. (2005). 
Diesel vs. Gasoline Emissions: Does PM from Diesel or Gasoline Vehicles Dominate in the U.S.? Atmospheric Environment39, 2349-2355.

Luria, M., R.L. Tanner, R.J. Valente, S.T. Bairai, D. Koracin, D., and A.W. Gertler (2005). 
Local and Transported Pollution over San Diego California, Atmospheric Environment39, 6765-6776.

Tarnay, L.W., D.W. Johnson, and A.W. Gertler (2005). 
Modeled Inputs of Atmospheric Nitrogen to the Lake Tahoe Basin Due to Gaseous Pollutant Deposition, Journal of the Nevada Water Resources Association, 2 (1), 41-

Publications

2014

Gertler, A. W., Moshe, D., Rudich, Y., 2014: Urban PM source apportionment mapping using microscopic chemical imaging, Sci. Total Environ., 488-489, 456-460, Published
Lowenthal, D. H., Gertler, A. W., Labib, M. W., 2014: Particulate matter source apportionment in Cairo: recent measurements and comparison with previous studies, Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol., 11, 657-670, Published
Zhu, D., Kuhns, H. D., Gillies, J. A., Gertler, A. W., 2014: Evaluating vehicle re-entrained road dust and its potential to deposit to Lake Tahoe: a bottom-up inventory approach, Sci. Total Environ., 466-467, 277-286, Published
Zielinska, B. K., Bytnerowicz, A., Gertler, A. W., McDaniel, M. R., Burley, J., 2014: Air Pollution in the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA, Paper presented at the Global Fair and Workshop on Long-Term Observing Systems of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems: Reno, NV, July 16, 2014

2013

Guttikunda, S. K., Kopakaa, R. V., Dasari, P., Gertler, A. W., 2013: Receptor model-based source apportionment of particulate pollution in Hyderabad, India, Monit. Assess., 185, 5585-5593, Published
Zhang, Y., Obrist, D., Zielinska, B. K., Gertler, A. W., 2013: Particulate emissions from different types of prescribed biomass burning, Atmos. Environ., 72, 27-35, Published
Zielinska, B. K., Bytnerowicz, A., Gertler, A. W., McDaniel, M. R., Burley, J., 2013: Application of Passive Samplers for Determination of Ozone and Ozone Precursor's Distribution in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Presented at the Air and Waste Management Annual Conference: Chicago, IL, June 24, 2013
Zielinska, B. K., Bytnerowicz, A., Gertler, A. W., McDaniel, M. R., Burley, J., 2013: Secondary pollutant formation in the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA, Presented at American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) Conference: Portland, OR, October 1, 2013

2012

Engelbrecht, J. P., McDonald, E. V., Gillies, J. A., Jayanty, R., Casuccio, G., Gertler, A. W., 2012: Understanding mineral dusts from the Middle East, Paper presented: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012
Gertler, A. W., 2012: Recent advances in renewable energy technologies, Presentation at 105th Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition: San Antonio, TX, June 19, 2012
Gertler, A. W., 2012: Prospects for clean energy, Presented at Air Quality Management at Urban, Regional and Global Scales, 4th International Symposium and IUAPPA Regional Conference: Istanbul, Turkey, September 10, 2012
Gertler, A. W., 2012: University/Industry Partnerships 2.0: Building on Success, Overcoming Challenges, Panel presentation at the 125th Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities: Denver, CO, November 11, 2012
Gertler, A. W., Moshe, D., Rudich, Y., 2012: Urban PM source apportionment mapping using microscopic chemical imaging, Presented at Air Quality Management at Urban, Regional and Global Scales, 4th International Symposium and IUAPPA Regional Conference: Istanbul, Turkey, September 10, 2012
Gertler, A. W., Moshe, D., Rudich, Y., 2012: Urban PM Source Apportionment and Mapping Using Microscopic Chemical Imaging, Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference: Hong Kong, December 5, 2012
Zhu, D., Kuhns, H. D., Gillies, J. A., Etyemezian, V. R., Brown, S., Gertler, A. W., 2012: Analysis of the effectiveness of control measures to mitigate road dust emissions in a regional network, Transport. Res. Part D: Transport and Environ., 17, (4), 332-340, Published
Zielinska, B. K., Bytnerowicz, A., Gertler, A. W., McDaniel, M. R., Ahuja, S., Burley, J., 2012: Distribution of Ozone and Ozone Precursors in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Presentation at 2012 Tahoe Science Conference: Incline Village, NV, May 22, 2012
Zielinska, B. K., Bytnerowicz, A., Gertler, A. W., McDaniel, M. R., Ahuja, S., Burley, J., 2012: Distribution of Ozone and Ozone Precursors in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Presentation at 2012 Tahoe Science Conference: Incline Village, NV, May 22, 2012

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