Jorge S. Alvarado Ph.D.

Head of Environmental Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory - Environmental Science Division

  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Northern Illinois University, 1993.

Current Role

Chemist, Applied Geoscience and Environmental Management, managing the analytical laboratory.


Development of new analytical methodologies for organic compounds, metals, nonmetals, and radioisotopes using chromatography, atomic emission spectrometry, plasma systems, alpha-gamma spectrometry, and mass spectrometry; studies of migration and cleanup of contaminants in the vadose zone.

Career Highlights

  • Scientist: Characterization, risk assessment, and cleanup of contaminated sites for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Postdoctoral research: Novel improvements in methods for radioisotope determination, receiving R&D 100 Award in 1997 and R&D 40 Award in 1999.
  • Adjunct instructor: Triton College, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Benedictine University.
  • Awards and activities: HENAAC, Great Minds in STEM, Outstanding Technical Achievement; Argonne Director's Team Award for Outstanding Safety Performance; member of Argonne postdoctoral and LDRD committees; Dissertation Completion Award; reviewer for the National Science Foundation.