John B. Fenn Distinguished Contribution


The ASMS Award for Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry is named 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. To submit a nomination use the online nomination form link posted below.

Eligibility & How To Submit a Nomination

Nominee must be a current member of ASMS.

How to Submit a Nomination Using the Online Nomination Form
Prepare the following information and elements:

  • Nominee name, affiliation, position title, email, mobile phone number, and ASMS member status.
  • Nominator name and email.
  • Single sentence to state the focused or singular achievement.
  • Description of the nominee's significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry (1-page max). To be uploaded as PDF.
  • List of the nominee’s publications pertaining to the significant achievement. To be uploaded as a PDF.
  • Upload copy of up to two (2) of the nominee’s publications relevant to the achievement (one is required). 
  • Two support letters. Provide names and email addresses for both letter writers. Upload the letters of support OR request letter writers to send letters directly to by November 30. It is the responsibility of the nominator to insure that suppport letters are received by on or by the November 30 deadline.

NOVEMBER 30 DEADLINE for complete nomination (online form with support letters uploaded or online form with support letters sent separately via email).

Nominations are held for three years.

Go to Online Nomination Form

Carol V. Robinson, 2023 Recipient

Carol V. Robinson, 2023 RecipientCarol V. Robinson is the recipient of the 2023 ASMS John B. Fenn Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry for the development of mass spectrometry methods for the analysis and characterization of membrane proteins. Dr. Robinson’s pioneering contributions have improved our fundamental understanding of membrane protein complex structure and the role of lipid binding in membrane protein function. Her work has enabled new knowledge into disease mechanisms and has had tremendous impact in drug discovery. Specific accomplishments include: (1) pioneering development of methods to enable gas phase analysis of membrane protein complexes; (2) the application of ion mobility MS and collision-induced unfolding methods to investigate lipid-membrane protein binding; (3) the application of high-resolution MS to resolve the complexity of lipid-protein binding events; and (4) the innovative development of methods for native analysis of membrane protein complexes and lipid binding.

Her collective achievements have been amplified by her dedication to the dissemination of detailed protocols and troubleshooting advice to the research community – ensuring that others had the necessary information to implement the methods. This outreach has resulted in an active cohort of MS researchers across the globe working on the mass spectrometry of membrane protein complexes.

In 2013 Carol was elevated to the title of “Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)” for services to science and Industry. Professor Dame Carol Robinson is University Chair and Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford.

Download full 2023 ASMS Awards Announcement