Glen Fryxell

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemistry
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Richland Washington
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Glen Fryxell is a member of the Materials Chemistry and Surface Research Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. For the last 15 years, his research has focused on organic synthesis, surface chemistry, organosilane chemistry and the interfacial elaboration of self-assembled monolayers. He is a co-inventor of self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS) and has developed these materials for a wide variety of environmental applications, such as the sequestration of toxic heavy metals, radionuclides and oxometallate anions. He is also working on integrating these funational nanomaterials into various sensing/detection schemes to enhance the sensitivity of various analytical methods.
Fryxell’s work has been recognized in part with a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology Transfer (2006), an Environmental Business Journal Technology Merit Award (2005), and an R&D 100 Award (1998), among a number of other awards. The 1997 Science paper describing SAMMS was the first report of the chemical modification of mesoporous materials using self-assembled monolayers, and has been cited over 500 times since publication. His work has been reported in front line journals such as Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Langmuir, Chemistry of Materials, and Environmental Science & Technology; as well as being highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News, Popular Science, Business Week, Discover Magazine, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Scientific American.
Dr. Fryxell is named as inventor in 12 patents, and has over 100 publications and 60 invited presentations. He obtained his B. Sc. from the University of Texas in 1982, where he worked for two years in the laboratories of Prof. Marye Anne Fox studying the photochemistry of enolates and carbanions. His Ph. D. was award in 1986 from the University of North Carolina, where he worked with Prof. Paul J. Kropp studying the photochemistry of phenylthio ethers. A two-year postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Albert Padwa at Emory University was dedicated to the study of rhodium catalysis, intramolecular dipolar cycloaddition and heterocyclic synthesis.


B. Sc. the University of Texas, 1982; Ph. D. the University of North Carolina, 1986

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