Marcelo Guzman

Marcelo I. Guzman is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Principal Investigator of the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Kentucky. In 2013, he received a NSF CAREER award. He holds a Licentiate in Chemistry degree from National University of Tucuman, Argentina (2000). He received undergraduate and graduate research fellowships from the Research Council of the National University of Tucuman (1999 to 2002), to perform research in various projects in the Organic Chemistry Department. In 2001, he was awarded The Argentine Chemical Society award and the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) offered him a fellowship as the top ranked Chemistry graduate. In 2002, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) working on Paper and Photograph Conservation in the Sherman Fairchild Center. He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, 2007) working on ice chemistry with Michael R. Hoffmann. For his postdoctoral experience he joined the Origins of Life Initiative at Harvard University as an Origins Fellow working with Scot T. Martin.

Research Interests

Mass Spectrometry




Prebiotic Chemistry


Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Monitoring

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award 2020.

  • Top Reviewer in the Global Peer Review Award (Web of Science). Top 1% in cross-field of reviewers in Publons between 9/1/2018 and 9/1/2019.

  • ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Appreciation for 15 years of service, 2019.

  • Appointed to the Photochemistry Section of the Editorial Board of Molecules 2019.

  • Appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 2019.

  • NSF CAREER Award 2013–2018.

  • Selected for the NSF/NASA RCN Origins Meeting at the Santa Fe Institute 2018.

  • Awarded an A&S international scholar program grant 2018–2019.

  • Awarded an ISARRA grant for the 2018 Conference.

  • Appointed to the Editorial Board of Environments 2018.

  • Awarded an International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Grant by the Surface Ocean Lower Atmospheric Study (SOLAS) International Project for the Cryosphere and Atmospheric Chemistry (CATCH) Workshop 2017.

  • Appointed to the Editorial Board of Atmosphere 2016.

  • ACS Young Academic Investigators Awardee in Organic Chemistry 2016.

  • College Research Activity Award for the Goldschmidt Conference 2013.

  • ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Merit for 10 years of service, 2014.

  • College Research Activity Award for the Goldschmidt Conference 2011.

  • Harvard Origins of Life Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2007–2010.

  • ISSOL award to young scientists 2008.

  • Young scientist best poster award. Gordon Research Conference: Origin of Life 2008.

  • Vito Vanoni Caltech Institute Fellowship 2002 – 2003.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2002.

  • Research Council Fellowship, National University of Tucuman 1999–2001.

  • Honors medal to the best Chemistry Graduate from the National University system, class of 2000. Awarded by the Argentine Chemical Society.