California Institute of Technology

Professor Hoffmann received a BA in chemistry from Northwestern University and a PhD degree from Brown University.   He was appointed as a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 1973 to 1975. From 1975 to 1980, he served as an assistant and associate professor at the University of Minnesota.  He joined the Environmental Science & Engineering faculty in 1980. Prof. Hoffmann has more than 61500 citations on Google Scholar. His Google Scholar H-Index is 108. He has also been recognized by the Web of Science as one of the most highly cited researchers in engineering in the world. Prof. Hoffmann was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Prize in 1991, the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in 2001, a second von Humboldt Prize in 2005, and the Jack E. McKee Medal presented by the Water Environment Federation in 2003.  He was honoured as a Distinguished Chair Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering at the National Taiwan University, Taipei in 2010.  Prof. Hoffmann is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.  In 2012, Prof. Hoffmann received a prize from Bill Gates for his group’s work on solar-powered electrochemical treatment of human waste as applied to sanitation in the developing world.  In the same year, he was also recognized as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering and as a Global Vision Scholar by Tsinghua University.  Prof. Hoffmann has been named as an Honorary Professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, the Beijing University of Science and Technology, and the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang University), and the Beijing Forestry University.  In 2017, he was elected as foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and recognized as a Lifetime Honorary Professor of Tsinghua University in 2018.

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