John B. Fenn Distinguished Contribution

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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.

Jennifer S. Brodbelt, 2024 Recipient

Distinguished - Brodbelt PicJennifer S. Brodbelt is the recipient of the 2024 ASMS John B. Fenn Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry for the development and applications of UltraViolet PhotoDissociation (UVPD) as a powerful ion fragmentation method for structural elucidation of biomolecules. Jenny Brodbelt has championed UVPD by:

  • exploring its fundamental underpinnings,
  • implementing and optimizing UVPD on an array of mass spectrometer platforms,
  • developing innovative strategies to extend the impact and range of UVPD for analytical workflows, and
  • showcasing its utility for numerous biological applications.

Jenny began her independent career in 1989, and a key overarching goal of her research program has been the development of new ion activation methods for tandem mass spectrometry.  She has been driven by understanding how ions dissociate, and she aimed to explore alternative ion activation methods to overcome some of the deficits of other activation methods, including widely used collision dissociation methods. The theme of using UV photons to energize and dissociate ions has permeated nearly all of her group’s work in the past decade, as evidenced by the large compilation of pertinent publications.

In addition to managing an impressive research program, Jenny is an uplifting influence to many students, colleagues, and friends who share her interest in sports and karaoke!

Dr. Brodbelt is the Rowland Pettit Centennial Chair in Chemistry and Larry R. Faulkner Departmental Chair for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.

Download full 2024 ASMS Awards Announcement  

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