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Smith named Inventor of the Year

March 21, 2000 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Richard D. Smith, an analytical biochemist at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been named Battelle Inventor of the Year. Battelle operates Pacific Northwest for DOE.

Battelle's corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, established this award to honor employees nationwide who, through outstanding career achievements and creativity, have expanded significantly Battelle's intellectual property portfolio.

Smith is an internationally recognized expert in mass spectrometry and separation techniques. His research has led to advancements in instrumentation for the medical and environmental analysis fields, as well as biological research.

In the medical field, Smith's work has produced benefits in the areas of drug testing, analysis of pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics in the clinical arena. His most successful invention has been the combination of capillary electro-phoresis with mass spectrometry. Smith's recent achievements include the electrodynamic ion funnel and a micro-dialysis device for the rapid purification of samples analyzed using mass spectrometry. Other notable contributions have been in the fields of supercritical fluids and related reverse micelle phenomena.

During his career, Smith has been issued 14 patents; received six R&D 100 Awards for significant technology advancements, the most ever received by a Battelle staff member; and one Federal Laboratory Consortium award for technology transfer. He also has received an unprecedented nine Key Contributor awards, provided by Battelle, for commercialization of technologies.

In September 1999, R&D Magazine picked the top 40 technologies of all time based on their impact on society, industry and commercial applications. The Top 40 were selected from a list of 3,600 past R&D 100 Awards. Smith was the recipient of one of these awards for the development of Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree (1971) in chemistry from Lowell Technological Institute (now University of Massachusetts Lowell) and a doctorate (1975) in physical chemistry from the University of Utah before joining Pacific Northwest in 1976. He currently works in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest.

Tags: Fundamental Science, Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry and Separations

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