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Olga Ovchinnikova Olga S. Ovchinnikova                             
Research Staff Scientist 

B.S., Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN,  2005
M.S., Chemical Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN,  2007
Ph.D., Chemical Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN,  2011
Graduate Teaching/Research Asst., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2006 - 2011
Postdoctoral Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Research Mentor: Dr. Gary J. VanBerkel, 2011 - 2012
Staff Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2012 - Present

Research Interests:

Analytical Chemistry focusing Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation and Applications

BulletMy primary research interests are the development of new research approaches to atmospheric pressure surface sampling mass spectrometry that would allow the study of analytes on surfaces in situ.

BulletDeveloping and implementing low micrometer to nanometer scale measurements of chemical, physical and temporal processes in materials. Ideally, structural information obtained via mass spectrometry chemical imaging (http://www.ornl.gov/sci/ms_imaging_center/) can be synergistically combined with other spectroscopic data, providing a direct correlation between chemical composition and material functionality.

BulletDevelopment of a multimodal imaging platform that incorporates atomic force microscopy with mass spectrometry for high spatial resolution chemical and mechanical mapping.


Awards and Honors:

2013  Beynon Prize for best publication in
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

2011  Winner of Fowler-Marion Graduate Student Award/
          Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Tenn (UTK)

2010  Winner of Poster Competition, ASMS Asilomar Conference
2010  ASMS Asilomar Conference Student Travel Award
2010  Second Place Winner, Sigma Xi Graduate Research Student
2010  Materials Research Society Spring Meeting Student Travel Award

2009  Awarded Jim McConnel Endowment Funding

2006  Graduate Chemical Physics Fellowship/UTK           
2006  National Institute of Standards and Technology Graduate Research

2005  Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate
           Research Fellowship
2005  Chancellor’s Honors Award for “Outstanding Professional Promise”
           for theArts and Science/UTK
2005  Robert Talley Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Leadership/
           Dept. of Physics, UTK

2004  George and Hattie Morris Scholarship Endowment Fund
2004  Society of Physics Students (SPS) Outstanding Student Award for
           Undergraduate Research
2004  Robert Talley Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Leadership/
           Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Tenn.
2004  Winner, Exhibition of Undergraduate Research & Creative;
           Achievement, Natural Science Div., UTK
2004  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship,
           NIST Boulder

2003  NSF/ University of Colorado, Boulder, Summer REU Fellowship
2003  Robert W. Lide Citation for Outstanding Physics Laboratory
Dept. of Phys., UTK
2003  Society of Physics Students (SPS) and ΣΠΣ Undergraduate
           Research Grant
2003  Honorable Mention, American Association for the Advancement of
           Science (AAAS) Poster Competition

2002  DOE Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship


Professional Societies:

Organized Conference Workshop: 3rd International Workshop on
Nanoscale Imaging for Energy Applications, Oak Ridge, TN 2012

American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Member

American Physical Society, Member

Materials Research Society, Member


Pat. No.  




Systems and methods for laser assisted sample transfer to solution for chemical analysis



Spatially resolved thermal desorption/ionization coupled with mass spectrometry

Selected Publications:

(13)  Lorenz, M., Ovchinnikova, O. S., Van Berkel, G. J. “Fully Automated Laser Ablation Liquid Capture Sample Analysis using NanoElectrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry.” Rapid. Commun. Mass Spectrom, (2014), submitted.

(12) Lorenz, M., Ovchinnikova, O. S., Kertesz, V., Van Berkel, G. J. “Controlled-Resonant Surface Tapping-Mode Scanning Probe Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging.” Anal. Chem., (2014), DOI: 10.1021/ac404249j.

(11) Ovchinnikova, O .S., Kjoller, K., Hurst, G. B., Pelletier, D. A., Van Berkel, G. J. “Atomic Force Microscope Controlled Topographical Imaging and Proximal Probe Thermal Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging.” Anal. Chem., (2014), 86, 1083-1090.

(10) Ovchinnikova, O. S., Lorenz, M., Kertesz, V., Van Berkel, G. J. “Laser Ablation Sampling of Materials Directly into the Formed Liquid Microjunction of a Continuous Flow Surface Sampling Probe/Electrospray Ionization Emitter for Mass Spectral Analysis and Imaging.” Anal. Chem., (2013), 85, 10211-10217.

(9) Lorenz, M., Ovchinnikova, O. S., Kertesz, V., Van Berkel, G. J. “Laser Microdissection and Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry Coupled for Multimodal Imaging.” Rapid. Commun. Mass Spectrom, (2013), 27, 1429-1436.

(8) Ovchinnikova, O. S., Kertesz, V., Van Berkel, G. J.  Combining Transmission Geometry Laser Ablation and a Non Contact Continuous Flow Surface Sampling Probe/Electrospray Emitter for Mass Spectrometry Based Chemical Imaging. Rapid Comm. Mass Spectrom. (2011) 25, 3735-3740.

(7) Ovchinnikova, O. S., Nikiforov, M., Jesse, S., Bradshaw, J. A. Van Berkel G. J.  Combined Atomic Force Microscope-Based Topographical Imaging and Nanometer Scale Resolved Proximal Probe Thermal Desorption/Electrospray Ionization-Mass Spectrometry. ACS Nano (2011), 5, 5526-5531. (Article Featured as Podcast for ACS Nano)

(6) Ovchinnikova, O. S., Kertesz, V., Van Berkel, G. J.  Combining Laser Ablation Surface Sampling and Electrospray-Ionization via Liquid Extraction.  Anal. Chem. (2011), 83, 1874-1878.

(5) Ovchinnikova, O. S., Kertesz, V., Van Berkel, G. J.  Molecular Surface Sampling and Chemical Imaging using Proximal Probe Thermal Desorption/Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry.  Anal. Chem. (2011), 83, 598-603.

(4) Ovchinnikova, O. S, Van Berkel G. J.  Thin Layer Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Coupled using Proximal Probe Thermal Desorption with Electrospray or Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization. Rapid. Comm. Mass Spectrom. (2010), 24, 1721-1729.

(3) Bradshaw, J. A., Ovchinnikova O. S., Meyer, K. A., Goeringer, D. E.  Combined Chemical and Topographic Imaging at Atmospheric Pressure via Microprobe Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry-Atomic Force Microscope. Rapid. Comm. Mass Spectrom. (2009), 23, 3871-3786.

(2) Meyer, K. A., Ovchinnikova, O., Ng, K., Goeringer, D. E.  Development of a scanning surface probe for nanoscale tip-enhanced desorption/ablation. Rev. Sci. Instrum. (2008), 79, 123710.

(1) Van Berkel, G. J., Pasilis, S., Ovchinnikova, O. Established and Emerging Surface Sampling/Ionization Techniques for Mass Spectrometry, J. of Mass Spectrom. (2008), 43, 1161-1180. (Invited Tutorial Article Featured on Journal Cover)

Book Chapters:

Ovchinnikova, O.S.
Towards Nanoscale Chemical Imaging: The Intersection of Scanning Probe Microscopy and Mass Spectrometry. In Scanning Probe Microscopy of Functional Materials: Nanoscale Imaging and Spectroscopy, 1st Ed. Kalinin, S.V, Gruverman, A. Springer: New York, (2011); pp 181-199.

 Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Chemical Sciences Division 
Rev: February 2014