Dr. Michelle V. Buchanan


Dr. Michelle V. Buchanan is the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Physical Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this role she is responsible for the Chemical Sciences, Materials Science and Technology, Physics, and the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences research divisions. She is also the Program Manager for the Basic Energy Sciences Program at ORNL. Prior to assuming the role of ALD, she served as the Director of the Chemical Sciences Division, Associate Director of the Life Sciences Division and Group Leader for Organic and Biological Mass Spectrometry at ORNL. She has over 150 scientific publications and reports, holds two patents, and was editor of a book on Fourier transform mass spectrometry. She has held positions in the Analytical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. She served as North American Editor of Biological Mass Spectrometry and as a member on the editorial boards of Analytical Chemistry, Organic Mass Spectrometry, Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Biological and Environmental Mass Spectrometry, and Frensenius’ Journal of Analytical Chemistry. She was recently named a member of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, National Academy of Sciences. She currently serves on advisory boards for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Tennessee, Cornell University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Over the past decade, she has worked at the national level helping define basic research needs in a number of key energy-related areas.