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PNNL's Jean Futrell elected Fellow of American Physical Society

February 05, 2004 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Jean Futrell, Battelle Fellow at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Futrell's election recognizes his work in furthering the development and fundamental aspects of mass spectrometry throughout his career, and how those contributions have led to dramatic advances in scientific research, including efficiencies in the field of experimental chemical physics.

Futrell also is credited with inventing the first tandem double focusing mass spectrometer, which led to the achievement of kinetic energy analysis for both the reactant and product ion beams, and ion lenses for decelerating ion beams to near-thermal energy that became the world standard for studies of elementary processes in ion collisions.

Election to APS fellowship is limited to no more than one half of 1 percent of the society membership, which currently stands at 43,000.

Futrell is joined in the 2004 Class of Fellows by affiliate senior chief scientist Lai-Sheng Wang, a physics professor at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The complete listing of 2004 Fellows will be published in the March 2004 issue of APS News.

Beyond his technical accomplishments in experimental chemical physics, Futrell also is being recognized for his significant contributions to the infrastructure of the greater scientific community, including serving as director of the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory between 1998 and 2002. He oversaw the transition of EMSL from construction to fully operational status as one of the premier scientific user facilities in the world. EMSL is a world leader in the areas of chemical, physical, biological and computational sciences, and is home to some of the world's most cutting-edge research equipment. In 2002, Futrell was appointed Battelle Fellow and chair of the Council of Fellows at PNNL. Battelle Fellow is the highest technical position in the laboratory.

Futrell earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University in 1955, and a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of California-Berkeley in 1958. Additional professional honors include selection as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow 1968-1972, Von Humboldt Fellow at the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin 1983-1984 and election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, EMSL, Operations, Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Facilities

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