Joost de Gouw
Professor • Institute Fellow, CIRES • Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs
Chemistry • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Office: Cristol Chemistry 354

Lab: Cristol Chemistry 328


MSc: Physics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, 1990

PhD: Physics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, 1994 (cum laude)

Postdoctoral Fellow: JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, 1994-1996

Postdoctoral Fellow: NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory, 1997-1998

Areas of Expertise

Atmospheric Chemistry, Volatile Organic Compounds, Mass Spectrometry, Air Quality, Climate Change

Awards and Honors

  • 2020, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2018, Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in the category Cross-Field
  • 2018, Honorable Mention, Colorado Governor's Award for High-Impact Research
  • 2018, Recipient of “Make Our Planet Great Again” grant est. by President Macron (declined)
  • 2017, Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in the Geosciences
  • 2017, Co-recipient, Outstanding Paper Award, NOAA Oceanic & Atmospheric Research
  • 2014, Co-recipient, Colorado Governor's Award for High-Impact Research
  • 2012, Co-recipient, Colorado Governor's Award for High-Impact Research
  • 2007, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award
  • 1998, Recipient of FOM Springplank Fellowship
  • 1994, Cum Laude PhD graduate, University of Utrecht


Emissions, chemistry and loss processes of organic carbon in both the gas and particle phases in the Earth's atmosphere. The atmospheric formation of secondary pollutants such as ozone and aerosol and their influence on air quality and climate. Development and use of mass spectrometric and other methods for measurements of volatile organic compounds.

  • de Gouw, J. A., Middlebrook, A. M., Warneke, C., Goldan, P. D., Kuster, W. C., Roberts, J. M., Fehsenfeld, F. C., Worsnop, D. R., Canagaratna, M. R., Pszenny, A. A. P., Keene, W. C., Marchewka, M., Bertman, S. B. and Bates, T. S.: Budget of organic carbon in a polluted atmosphere: Results from the New England Air Quality Study in 2002, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos., 110, D16305, doi:10.1029/2004JD005623, 2005.
  • de Gouw, J. A. and Warneke, C.: Measurements of volatile organic compounds in the Earth’s atmosphere using proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry, Mass Spec. Rev., 26, 223–257, 2007.
  • de Gouw, J. A., Middlebrook, A. M., Warneke, C., Ahmadov, R., Atlas, E. L., Bahreini, R., Blake, D. R., Brock, C. A., Brioude, J., Fahey, D. W., Fehsenfeld, F. C., Holloway, J. S., Le Henaff, M., Lueb, R., McKeen, S. A., Meagher, J. F., Murphy, D. M., Paris, C., Parrish, D. D., Perring, A. E., Pollack, I. B., Ravishankara, A. R., Robinson, A. L., Ryerson, T. B., Schwarz, J. P., Spackman, J. R., Srinivasan, A. and Watts, L. A.: Organic aerosol formation downwind from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Science, 331, 1295–1299, 2011.
  • Koss, A. R., Warneke, C., Yuan, B., Coggon, M. M., Veres, P. R. and de Gouw, J. A.: Evaluation of NO+ reagent ion chemistry for on-line measurements of atmospheric volatile organic compounds, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2909–2925, 2016.
  • Koss, A. R., Yuan, B., Warneke, C., Gilman, J. B., Lerner, B. M., Veres, P. R., Peischl, J., Eilerman, S., Wild, R., Brown, S. S., Thompson, C. R., Ryerson, T., Hanisco, T., Wolfe, G. M., St Clair, J. M., Thayer, M., Keutsch, F. N., Murphy, S. and de Gouw, J. A.: Observations of VOC emissions and photochemical products over US oil- and gas-producing regions using high-resolution H3O+ CIMS (PTR-ToF-MS), Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2941–2968, doi:10.5194/amt-2017-103, 2017.
  • Yuan, B., Koss, A. R., Warneke, C., Coggon, M., Sekimoto, K. and de Gouw, J. A.: Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry: Applications in Atmospheric Sciences, Chem. Rev., 117(21), 13187–13229, doi:10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00325, 2017.
  • Finewax, Z., de Gouw, J. A. and Ziemann, P. J.: Identification and quantification of 4-nitrocatechol formed from OH and NO3 radical-initiated reactions of catechol in air in the presence of NOx: implications for secondary organic aerosol formation from biomass burning, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, 1981–1989, 2018.
  • McDonald, B. C., de Gouw, J. A., Gilman, J. B., Jathar, S. H., Akherati, A., Cappa, C. D., Jimenez, J. L., Lee-Taylor, J., Hayes, P. L., McKeen, S. A., Cui, Y., Kim, S.-W., Gentner, D. R., Isaacman-VanWertz, G. A., Goldstein, A. H., Harley, R. A., Frost, G., Roberts, J. M., Ryerson, T. B. and Trainer, M.: Volatile Chemical Products Emerging as Largest Petrochemical Source of Urban Organic Emissions, Science, 359, 760–764, doi:10.1126/science.aaq0524, 2018.
  • Koss, A. R., Sekimoto, K., Gilman, J. B., Selimovic, V., Coggon, M. M., Zarzana, K. J., Yuan, B., Lerner, B. M., Brown, S. S., Jimenez, J. L., Krechmer, J. E., Roberts, J. M., Warneke, C., Yokelson, R. J. and de Gouw, J. A.: Non-methane organic gas emissions from biomass burning: identification, quantification, and emission factors from PTR-ToF during the FIREX 2016 laboratory experiment, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 3299–3319, doi:10.5194/acp-18-3299-2018, 2018.
  • Krechmer, J. E., Lopez-Hilfiker, F. D., Koss, A. R., Hutterli, M. A., Stoermer, C., Deming, B. L., Kimmel, J. R., Warneke, C., Holzinger, R., Jayne, J. T., Worsnop, D. R., Fuhrer, K., Gonin, M. and de Gouw, J. A.: Evaluation of a New Reagent-Ion Source and Focusing Ion-Molecule Reactor for use in Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry, Anal. Chem., Accepted, doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.8b02641, 2018.