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JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2023 Winner

We are delighted to announce Benjamin T. Manard as the recipient of the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2023. This Lectureship aims to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career.

Introducing Benjamin T. Manard, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA:

Headshot of Dr Benjamin T. Manard (a smiling white man with short, dark brown hair, and light stubble) wearing a black suit-jacket and pale blue dress shirt, against a black background.

Dr Benjamin T. Manard

Benjamin T. Manard received a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University (2009) and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Clemson University (2014) under Professor R. Kenneth Marcus. After graduation, Ben was a Glenn T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) before transitioning into a Staff Scientist position. While at LANL, his research focus was on utilizing atomic spectroscopy for the analysis of bulk special nuclear materials (SNM). In 2018 Ben began working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) within the Chemical and Isotopic Mass Spectrometry Group. Since joining ORNL, Ben has led efforts directed toward developing analytical methodologies in elemental/isotopic analysis by utilizing unique sampling mechanisms (e.g. laser ablation, single particle, and microextraction) and novel detection strategies (e.g. collision/reaction cell) to tackle challenging problems related to national security, advanced energy generation, biosciences, and environmental applications.

Ben has authored over 50 journal articles, been featured on 9 journal covers, authored 1 book chapter, and has received recognitions including The Department of Energy Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award and The Analytical Scientist’s Top 40 Under 40 Power List. Additionally, he is on the Governing Board for The Society for Applied Spectroscopy and Editorial board of Applied Spectroscopy Practica.

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