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Richard (Dick) D. Smith Awarded 2016 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry

05/25/2016 14:04:57
Dr. Richard (Dick) D. Smith, Director of Proteomics and Chief Scientist in the Biological Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been awarded the 2016 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry, for his distinguished career achieve-ments and contributions to developing and advancing separations and mass spectrometry capabilities for increasing the capabilities of proteomics and ‘pan-omics’ in biological and clinical research. The award will be presented during the annual EAS Symposium and Exposition to be held November 14-16, 2016 in Somerset, NJ.

Dr. Smith is the PI for the US Department of Energy Pan-omics Research Program at PNNL, and is PNNL’s Director of Proteomics Research, and also the Director of the NIH Biomedical Technology Proteomics Research Resource for Integrative Biology, and co-PI for the NCI Clinical Proteomics Tumor Analysis Center at PNNL. Earlier research by Dr. Smith included key developments in the combinations of both supercritical fluid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry, as well as contributions to improving the sensitivity of electrospray ionization measurements and MS, such as the development of the ion funnel. He led the first development and applications of both high resolution LC separations and high resolution/high accuracy MS for proteomics. More recently a key part of his research has involved the development and application of approaches for improving ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) separations in conjunction with MS. One present focus of his research is in using IMS in Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM) to enhance mass spectrometric capabilities, and in also facilitating much higher resolution IMS in long path SLIM devices, as well as for other more complex gas phase ion manipulations. He has presented more than 300 invited or plenary lectures at national and international scientific meetings, and is the author or co-author of more than 1000 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Smith holds 58 US patents and has been the recipient of eleven R&D 100 Awards between 1983 and 2015. In recognition of his career accomplishments, Dr Smith received the 2003 American Chemical Society Award for Analytical Chemistry, the 2009 HUPO Discovery Award in Proteomics Sciences, and the 2013 ASMS Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry Award.