Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


ORNL researcher elected organization's treasurer

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 28, 2004 — Gary Van Berkel, group leader and senior research staff member in the Chemical Sciences Division of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected treasurer of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS).

Van Berkel's research at ORNL has focused on studying the fundamentals, instrumentation and methods in inorganic, organic and biological compositions mass spectrometry. A recent research highlight with ORNL has been his work on the development of an electronic mass spectrometer-based boarding pass analyzer that can be used at airports to automatically detect explosive or toxic material on a traveler's person as he or she prepares to board an airplane. Van Berkel's ORNL research has focused on analysis and identification of materials through the use of mass spectrometry.

He has published 85 peer-reviewed papers and been awarded two patents related to mass spectrometry. He has been involved with various ASMS activities since joining the organization in 1987, including membership on the editorial board of the society's journal.

Van Berkel also maintains membership in the East Tennessee Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group and the American Chemical Society – serving as chair-elect of the latter's East Tennessee section. Van Berkel is an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a courtesy professor of chemistry at Florida International University in Miami.

He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Lawrence (Wis.) University and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Washington State University. He joined ORNL as a post-doctoral fellow working in chemical sciences.

Van Berkel and his wife, Pouvan, have one child, Erin. The family resides in Clinton.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.