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Benjamin Place (Fed)

Research Chemist

Ben is currently a Research Chemist within the Organic Chemical Metrology Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. He first started at NIST as a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow, working with adviser Dr. Catherine Rimmer, to develop novel techniques using multidimensional liquid chromatography with high resolution mass spectrometry. Ben has worked on the quantitative measurement of fatty acids in food and dietary supplement reference materials and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food and environmental reference materials.

Currently, Ben’s research has been on the development and validation of non-targeted analysis methods using liquid chromatography with high resolution mass spectrometry. This work includes the coordination Method Assessment for Non-Targeted Analysis (MANTA) Program interlaboratory study and co-chairing the Benchmarks and Publications for Non-Targeted Analysis (BP4NTA) Working Group. Recently, he has focused on the development of tools and reference data for the identification of novel PFAS in environmental samples with the Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program (SERDP).

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC)
  • Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)


  • NIST/MML Accolade for MML Strategic Partnership, 2019
  • NIST/MML Accolade for Service to MML, 2015
  • MML Angel Investor Award for High-throughput, Surface-based Ionization Technique, 2014
  • Laboratory Teaching Assistant Award (Oregon State University), 2009
  • ACS Outstanding Student in Chemistry Award (Alma College), 2008


Created May 31, 2018, Updated June 15, 2021