Charles E. Kolb

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Princeton University

Dr. Kolb is the president and CEO of Aerodyne Research, Inc.  He has extensive experience in atmospheric and environmental chemistry, combustion chemistry and the chemistry and physics of rocket and aircraft exhaust plumes.  He has authored or coauthored over 200 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these and related topics, including gas-phase and heterogeneous (gas-surface) chemical kinetics, quantitative trace gas spectroscopy and computer simulations of chemically reacting systems. He initiated ARI's efforts to develop advanced laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry sensors for atmospheric trace gases and aerosol particles, which are widely used to measure ambient concentrations and emission/deposition fluxes of atmospheric pollutants.  He earned a S.B. degree in chemistry from MIT and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from Princeton University.

He has served on numerous government and National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council boards and committees; and was recognized as a National Associate of the National Academies in 2003 and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013.  He received the 1997 Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology from the American Chemical Society and has been elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as the atmospheric sciences editor of the journal, Geophysics Research Letters (1995-1999) and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics (1990-1992) and Environmental Science & Technology (2011-).