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Two PNNL scientists chosen as ACS Fellows

July 31, 2013 Share This!

  • Sam Bryan

  • David Koppenaal

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected for the rank of Fellow in the American Chemical Society.

Sam Bryan and Dave Koppenaal join the 2013 class of Fellows being recognized by ACS for "outstanding achievements in and contributions to science and the profession of chemistry."

Sam Bryan

Bryan is an internationally recognized expert on environmental contamination monitoring processes and controls. His research focuses on the development of methods to identify radioactive and non-radioactive components in flowing liquids, resulting in the development of new sensors as well as the adaptation of existing technologies for use in monitoring highly radioactive environments, such as waste storage tanks on the Hanford Site in Washington state. Additionally, he has been recognized for significant educational outreach and is active in developing technical programs for ACS meetings.

Bryan has twice won the ACS ChemLuminary Award that recognizes members' efforts to promote chemistry and the chemical sciences in local areas. He earned a doctorate and a master's degree in inorganic chemistry from Washington State University in Pullman, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Boise State University.

Dave Koppenaal

Koppenaal is a PNNL Laboratory Fellow and the chief technology officer for EMSL, DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory located at PNNL. He is responsible for directing the development and scientific application of new, transformational instruments and tools for EMSL. His research has focused on low-level, ultra-trace detection and analysis of metals and radionuclides for environmental or nonproliferation purposes. He is also active in the new field of metallomics, which details the collective role and function of metal and metalloid species in biological systems.

Koppenaal has been active in ACS and is completing a four-year rotation on the Executive Council of the Analytical Division of the organization. He was chair of the division in 2012 and is currently completing his role as past chair. Koppenaal also holds the rank of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Missouri and bachelor's degrees in both environmental chemistry and mathematics from Southwest Missouri State University — now Missouri State University.

The 2013 ACS Fellows will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis in September.

Tags: Environment, Fundamental Science, National Security, EMSL, Awards and Honors, Chemistry, Radiation Detection

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