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Ecosystems Research

John W. Washington

My recent research has been directed at understanding sources, transport and transformations of fluorotelomer and perfluorinated compounds in the environment using LC/MS/MS and GC/MS. 
Past research areas include: 1) characterizing redox potential and controls on electron-exchange reactions in environmental systems; 2) controls on mobility and transformations of agricultural nutrients, especially nitrogen; 3) quantifying thermodynamic properties and hydrolysis rates of volatile organic compounds as well as analytical modeling of these compounds in the environment; and 4) elucidating geochemical controls on the concentrations and distribution of radionuclides and metals in the environment.  Analytically, this research entailed ion and gas chromatography, spectrometric, fluorescence and phosphorescence detectors, as well as other conventional analytical methods.

Biographical Information

Name: John Washington
Title: Research Chemist

Contact Info:

Ecosystems Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
960 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30605-2700

Phone: 706-355-8227
Email: washington.john@epa.gov

Education

Ph.D. Geochemistry & Mineralogy, Penn State University, 1991
M.S. Environmental Pollution Control, Penn State University, 1985
B.S. Environmental Resource Management, Penn State University, 1982

Professional Experience

Research Chemist, National Exposure Research Laboratory, USEPA, Athens, GA. Oct. 2002-present.
Post doctoral associate, Chemist, National Exposure Research Laboratory, USEPA. Athens, GA. Sept. 1998-Oct. 2002.
Vice President, Meiser & Earl, Inc., State College, PA. Dec. 1997-Aug. 1998.
Secretary, Board of Directors, Meiser & Earl, Inc., State College, PA. Dec. 1997-Aug. 1998.
Senior Geochemist, Meiser & Earl, Inc., State College, PA. Jan. 1992-Aug. 1998.
Project Hydrogeologist, Meiser & Earl, Inc., State College, PA. June 1990-Dec. 1991.
Part-time Geochemist/Hydrogeologist, Meiser & Earl, Inc., State College, PA. May 1985-Jun. 1990.
Graduate Assistant, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University, University Park, PA. Sept. 1985-Jun. 1990.
Graduate Assistant, Department of Agronomy, Penn State University, University Park, PA. Dec. 1982-Jun. 1985.

Professional Affiliations

Adjunct faculty: Research Chemist, Department of Geology, University of Georgia
Member: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, The Geochemical Society.
Reviewer: Environmental Science & Technology, Chemosphere, Water Resources Research, Geochemical Transactions, Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Geophysical Research, Water Research, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, Scientific World Journal, Analytical Chemistry, U.S. National Science Foundation -research proposals, Environment Canada - draft technical policy documents, Romanian National Council for Research - research proposals.

Selected Awards and Honors

American Chemical Society/Northeast Georgia Section. Chemist of the Year Award for Research. 2011-2012.
USEPA. Bronze Medal. ORD 2010, 2009. OPPT 2006.
USEPA/OW. Splash Award. 2009.
USEPA. Gold Medal. 2008.
USEPA/OPPT. Mission Award. 2007.
USEPA. Science Achievement Award in Earth Science. 2004.
USEPA. Scientific and Technological Achievement Award. Level I. 2007.
USEPA. Scientific and Technological Achievement Award. Level II. 2005.
USEPA. Scientific and Technological Achievement Award. Level III. 2010. 2010. 2008.
USEPA. Scientific and Technological Achievement Award. Honor. Mention. 2008. 2003.

Publications and Presentations

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