Dr. Burnett received a B.S. in Chemistry degree in 1973 and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry in 1979 from the University of Tennessee.
After teaching organic chemistry at the Universities of Georgia and Tennessee, he began working in the Chemistry Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he became a staff member in 1986.
Dr. Burnett's research interests center on computational solutions to chemistry-related problems. For example, he cowrote the molecular visualization software ORTEP-III, used throughout the crystallographic community. Numerous features were added to modernize the program and extend its usage to the personal computer.
In the area of chemical information, techniques were developed for storing chemical data in an inexpensive personal computer database and providing worldwide access to the information via a web-based user interface.
A new nonproprietary method for representing molecular structures uniquely is provided in the Modular Chemical Descriptor Language.
During his career,
Dr. Burnett has been involved in major research projects for the
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and the U.S. Army.
The BEP work began with the desire to create a computer expert
system for ink formulation and ended with the design and building
of instrumentation for the automated inspection of just-printed
currency and stamps. The Army's Chemical and Biological Mass Spectrometer
is designed to detect toxic agents both in the battlefield and
in the homeland.