Phillip Britt

Acting Associate Laboratory Director
for Physical Sciences

Phillip F. Britt Phillip F. Britt (hi-res image)
Phil Britt is the Acting Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Physical Sciences, the Acting Program Manager for ORNL Basic Energy Sciences, and the Program Manager for the Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences programs at ORNL. Prior to assuming the acting ALD role in October 2017, Dr. Britt served as the Director of the Chemical Sciences Division at ORNL, a position he has held since 2006. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Since joining ORNL in 1988 as a physical organic chemist, Dr. Britt has focused on uncovering the fundamental kinetics and mechanisms of thermochemical decomposition reactions in the processing of low-rank coal, biomass, and oxygen-rich energy resources. His research combines meticulous experimental studies with computational modeling to provide predictive insights into reaction rates and mechanisms. 

Dr. Britt is author of more than 145 peer-reviewed articles and preprints and has delivered more than 200 scientific presentations. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has twice won the Richard A. Glenn Award for best paper presented in the ACS Division of Fuel Chemistry. He has received the ACS Division of Fuel Chemistry's Distinguished Service Award and the 2016 ACS Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Science, and he has presented at seven Storch Award Symposia. He also served as chair of the Gordon Conference on Hydrocarbon Resources and as treasurer, chair, and director-at-large of the ACS Division of Fuel Chemistry. In 2010, he received UT-Battelle's Award for R&D Leadership at the Director Level.