2017 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry

Dr. Scott McLuckey

Dr. Scott McLuckey

Dr. Scott A. McLuckey earned his B.S. in chemistry from Westminster College in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree in 1982 from Purdue University in Analytical Chemistry.  Directly following graduation from Purdue, he spent one year as a visiting scientist at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam.  In late 1983, he joined the Analytical Chemistry Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow.   In January, 1990 he was named Head of the Analytical Spectroscopy Section, an organization comprised of five groups devoted to basic and applied research in analytical chemistry.  In January, 2000, McLuckey moved to Purdue as a Professor of Chemistry within the Analytical Chemistry Division of the department.  In 2008, he was named John A. Leighty Distinguished Professor.

McLuckey’s research emphases have been placed in the areas of gas-phase ion chemistry and instrumentation for organic and biological mass spectrometry.  Fundamental aspects of ionization, unimolecular reactions, and bi-molecular reactions have been studied with the goal of improving the capabilities of analytical mass spectrometry.  Attention has been focused on ionization by glow discharge, positrons, and electrospray.  Ion activation, ion/molecule reactions, and ion/ion reactions have been major focal areas within the context of the mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry experiment.  Instrumentation for tandem mass spectrometry has also been highlighted with emphasis on electrodynamic ion traps, ion trap/hybrid instruments, and electrostatic ion traps.  The major current areas of emphasis are the identification and characterization of macro-molecules, primarily via whole molecule tandem mass spectrometry, and ion/ion reaction chemistry.  Recognition for the work has included the Biemann Medal from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) in 1997, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientist of the Year in 1999, The Curt Brunneé Award from the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) in 2000, the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Chemical Instrumentation Award in 2007, the ANACHEM Award in 2008, the ACS Field and Franklin Award in 2012, the ASMS Distinguished Contribution Award in 2016, and the Thomson Medal from the IMSF in 2016.