Nancy Washton, PhD
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
After receiving a B. S. in Chemistry from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Dr. Washton attended Penn State University for her graduate studies where she focused on elucidating the factors that impact surface reactivity of crystalline and amorphous metal oxides (e.g. glasses, aluminosilicates) via coupling nuclear magnetic resonance and ab initio computational chemistry methods. She spent one year after her graduate studies teaching as a Professor of Chemistry at the Community College of Baltimore County, and then moved to a research position at PPG Industries where she worked broadly in the area of glass and coatings development for offshore wind turbines. Currently she manages the magnetic resonance facility at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National laboratory (PNNL) where she studies materials for nuclear waste containment and separations, reactions of radionuclides with soils, and reactivity of metal oxide catalysts and catalyst supports.