Benjamin T Manard

Research Associate - Analytical Chemist

Benjamin T. Manard earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Clemson University (2014), during this time he had an appointment as a visiting scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for six months. Benjamin then completed a Glenn T. Seaborg postdoctoral research fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM. After his fellowship, Benjamin was converted to a Staff Scientist position at LANL in the same group (Chemistry-Actinide Analytical Chemistry). Upon arriving at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2018), Benjamin has focused research and development efforts on elemental and isotopic analysis of nuclear materials.  His primary efforts are directed towards improvements in trace element analysis methodologies, sample preparation (i.e. separations), and developments in plasma-based spectroscopic and mass spectrometric techniques.


Education / Career

2004-2009 B.S. Chemistry, Georgia Southern University

2009-2014 Ph.D. Chemistry, Clemson University

2014-2016 Glenn T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow – Los Alamos National Laboratory

2016-2018 Scientist – Los Alamos National Laboratory

2018-Present Scientist – Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Glenn T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2016)
Top Young Analytical Scientist by the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy (2017)
The Secretary of Energy Achievement Award (2021)
The Analytical Scientist Power List: Top 40 Under 40 (2022)

International society positions held:

Society for Applied Spectroscopy:
Member 2011-Present
Executive Committee, Parliamentarian; 2015-2020
Lester Strock Award Committee; 2017, 2018
Nomination Committee; 2018-2020
Constitution and Bylaws Committee; 2019-2021
Atomic Spectroscopy Student Award Co-Chair; 2019-Present

Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Studies (FACSS):
Atomic Spectroscopy Co-Chair; 2019-Present