John B. Fenn Distinguished Contribution

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The ASMS Award for Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry has been renamed to honor the memory of John B. Fenn who shared the 2002  Nobel Prize for the development of electrospray Ionization. John joined ASMS in 1986 and remained an active member until his passing in 2010. 

The John B. Fenn Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry recognizes a focused or singular achievement in fundamental or applied mass spectrometry in contrast to awards that recognize lifetime  achievement. Eligibility is restricted to members of ASMS. Nominations will be held for three years. The award is conferred at the ASMS Annual Conference with the presentation of a $10,000 cash award, a recognition plaque, and the award lecture.

Nominations are due November 30.  Nomination Form (PDF fill-in form).

2018 Recipients:  Gert von Helden, Martin F. Jarrold, and David E. Clemmer

Dr. Gert von Helden, Dr. Martin F. Jarrold, and Dr. David E. Clemmer are the recipients of the 2018 John B. Fenn ASMS Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry for their pioneering contributions to the development of ion mobility spectrometry (IMS).

Dr. von Helden made a major development in IMS when he applied it to the self-assembly of carbon in plasmas, and showed that carbon structurally evolved from linear chains to rings to fullerenes.Of critical importance, he used quantum chemical approximation methods to obtain model structures, adapted the little-known projection approximation method to obtain collision cross sections, and got excellent agreement with his experimentally measured cross sections. Soon after Dr. Jarrold applied similar IMS methods to silicon and aluminum assembly, and along with Dr. von Helden, showed that fullerenes are formed from activation of carbon ring systems, not C2 addition to graphitic fragments as Smalley had proposed. Dr. Jarrold went on to develop the first high-resolution instrument and, importantly, a more accurate method (the trajectory method) for obtaining collision cross-sections from complex structures such as biomolecules. While these fundamental developments were taking place, Dr. Clemmer realized that these new IMS methods could be utilized for analytical applications, and developed a new “nested” IMS-MS technology, which used ion trapping methods to dramatically increase signal-to-noise ratio and post-IMS dissociation to obtain fragmentation patterns of isomers (or conformers) in a single experiment. These ideas were later incorporated into highly successful commercial instruments, which have made advanced IMS methods available to thousands of labs around the world.

Gert von HeldenDr. Gert von Helden is Group Leader at the Department of Molecular Physics, Fritz-Haber Institut der Max Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany and professor at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Clemmer_optDr. David E. Clemmer is Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University.

Past Recipients

2017: Catherine E. Costello
2016: Scott A. McLuckey
2015: Brian T. Chait
2014: Richard M. Caprioli
2013: Richard D. Smith
2012: Catherine C. Fenselau
2011: Robert J. Cotter
2010: Marvin L. Vestal
2009  Simon J. Gaskell and Vicki H. Wysocki
2008: Alexander Makarov
2007: Jesse L. (Jack) Beauchamp
2006: R. Graham Cooks
2005: James A. McCloskey
2004: Michael T. Bowers
2003: Fred W. McLafferty
2002: William Henzel, John Stults, Colin Watanabe
2001: George C. Stafford, Jr.
2000: Boris Aleksandrovich Mamyrin
1999: Melvin Comisarow and Alan G. Marshall
1998: David A. Dahl and Don C. McGilvery
1997: Franz Hillenkamp and Michael Karas
1996: Frank H. Field and Burnaby Munson
1995: Keith R. Jennings
1994: Donald F. Hunt
1993: Christie G. Enke and Richard Yost
1992: John B. Fenn
1991: Michael Barber
1990: Ronald D. Macfarlane