American Chemical Society honors PNNL scientist

Jean Futrell receives award for achievements in mass spectrometry

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 spectrom¬etry.

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, and is now director emeritus, of the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a major DOE scientific user facility located at PNNL. (

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ( is a DOE Office of Science laboratory that solves complex problems in energy, national security, the environment and life sciences by advancing the understanding of physics, chemistry, biology and computation. PNNL employs 4,100 staff, has a $725 million annual budget, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab's inception in 1965.



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