Joseph S. Francisco

 Joseph S. Francisco

President’s Distinguished Professor


162 Hayden Hall

Joseph S. Francisco is focused on bringing new tools from experimental physical and theoretical chemistry to atmospheric chemical problems to enhance our understanding of chemistry in the atmosphere at the molecular level. This work has led to important discoveries of new chemistries occurring on the interfaces of cloud surfaces as well as fundamental new chemical bonding controlling these processes. His current work is investigating how solar radiation impacts chemistry on clouds interfaces. He also has research collaborations that are investigating the detail atmospheric chemistry of acid rain. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a Research Fellow at University of Cambridge in England, and a Visiting Associate in Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology. He currently serves as Executive and Associate Editor of the the Journal of the American Chemical Society and on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings on the National Academy of Sciences. 


B.S.:  Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1977

Ph.D.: Chemical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983.

Research Fellow: University of Cambridge, 1983-1985

Provost Postdoctoral Fellow: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985-1986

Research Interests

Atmospheric Chemistry, Tropospheric and Stratospheric Chemical Kinetics and Modeling, Atmospheric Spectroscopy and Photochemistry, Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry


Fellow of the American Physical Society

Fellow of the American Chemical Society

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Member, National Academy of Sciences

Member, American Philosophical Society