Peter B. Armentrout to Receive ASMS John B. Fenn Award

The American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Award for Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry will be presented to Peter B. Armentrout at the ASMS 69th Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Philadelphia. The conference takes place from October 31 to November 4, 2021. Armentrout will receive a $10,000 cash award, a recognition plaque, and the opportunity to present an award lecture that discusses his work.

Armentrout’s award celebrates his development of robust experimental and statistical techniques for the determination of accurate thermochemistry. He developed the guided ion beam threshold dissociation approach to provide insights into the thermochemistry, kinetics, and dynamics of simple and complex chemical reactions. He also developed a suite of software programs for statistically modeling the energy dependence of product formation for most reactive processes. To enable the greater scientific community to study thermochemical processes, Armentrout shared the instrumentation designs and the software with laboratories around the world.

The work done by Armentrout has allowed nearly 2500 distinct bond energies to be measured during his career, making an impact on fields that include catalysis, biochemistry, surface chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and plasma chemistry.

Armentrout is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry and the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes, and formerly of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics, Organometallics, and the Journal of Cluster Science (charter member). He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society (fellow), the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow). He has nearly 500 research publications that have appeared in the literature.