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American Chemical Society honors PNNL scientist

Jean Futrell receives award for achievements in mass spectrometry

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September 14, 2006 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Jean Futrell, Battelle Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been chosen to receive the American Chemical Society’s Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry. The award will be presented at the ACS national meeting in Chicago in March 2007.

Futrell was selected for his contributions to the theory and practice of mass spectroscopy. His work often focuses on developing or modifying instrumentation for specialized research purposes, including high-pressure and chemical-ionization mass spectrometers. Through this research, Futrell has addressed fundamental questions in mass spectrometry. Among his many contributions to mass spectrometry instrumentation is the invention of tandem mass spectrometry, a technique employed in most commercial mass spectrometers today. His current research involves collisional activation of complex ions in ion-surface interactions and surface modifications by ion capture.

Author of nearly 300 refereed journal articles and invited reviews, 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. He was the first permanent director of the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a major DOE scientific user facility located at PNNL. (

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Tags: Fundamental Science, EMSL, Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry and Separations

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