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John Washington

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Chemist at USEPA

USEPA Office of Research & Development

Center for Environmental Measurements & Modeling

Ecosystems Processes Division

960 College Station Road

Athens, GA 30605-2700     

 

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.

 

Recent Publication:

Co-Author: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the environment (Science)

Evich, Marina G., Mary J. B. Davis, James P. McCord, Brad Acrey, Jill A. Awkerman, Detlef R. U. Knappe, Andrew B. Lindstrom, Thomas F. Speth, Caroline T. Stevens, Mark J. Strynar, Zhanyun Wang, Eric J. Weber, W. Matthew Henderson*, John W. Washington*. 2022. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the environment. Science (paper invited by the journal). Vol 375, Issue 6580, Page 512, DOI: 10.1126/science.abg9065

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy, Geochemistry and Mineralogy, Penn State University

1991

Master of Science, Environmental Pollution Control, Penn State University

1985

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Resource Management, Penn State University

1982

Of note:

 

2022 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize. For the year’s outstanding research paper published in Science, “Hunting the eagle killer: A cyanobacterial neurotoxin causes vacuolar myelinopathy.”

2021 Penn State, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences 125th Anniversary Fellow.  For contributions to the fields of science or engineering.

2020 USEPA Science Achievement Award.  An EPA National Honor Award for use of innovative analytical approaches to develop a legacy PFAS fingerprint and detect novel PFAS chemicals and degradates in New Jersey.

2020 USEPA James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award.  An EPA National Honor Award for collaborative efforts with state and tribal governments to characterize exposures and reduce to emerging PFAS.

Articles Featuring John Washington
Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 10:54am

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are products of the modern chemical industry that have been enthusiastically incorporated into both essential and convenience…

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