Senior Scientist
Senior Scientist


Neil Henson is a senior scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Prior to joining the Laboratory in 2017, he spent 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Henson’s research interests are in the application of computational chemistry methods to problems in energy security, including homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, energy storage, actinide chemistry, and nuclear forensics. Recently, he has focused on understanding the complex chemical interactions and interconversions of iodine-containing molecules in real-world environments, such as after nuclear power reactor accidents as part of PNNL’s Chemical Dynamics Initiative and particularly the effect of radiochemical transmutation on chemical change for short-lived isotopes. Dr. Henson focuses on the use of simulation and modeling tools to provide chemical interpretations of experimental observables and the intersection of these techniques with data-driven methods. 

Disciplines and Skills

  • Computational Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


  • PhD Chemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • MA (Oxon) Chemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • BA (Oxon) Chemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • MRSC, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society