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Walter Brent Wilson (Fed)

Research Chemist

Dr. Wilson is coordinating the CSD Cannabis research program at NIST with a focus on developing Cannabis reference materials and a Quality Assurance Program (CannaQAP). As part of his work, the development of chromatographic methods will be a primary focus to separate many natural and synthetic cannabinoids in complex Cannabis matrixes: dried plant, extracts, concentrates, edibles, etc. Gas chromatography and reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry or tandem mass spectrometry will be the primary analytical techniques. He has published 38 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and has had over 60 presentations at multiple local, national, and international conferences.


  • Featured in a 50th Anniversary Issue of Chromatographia as an invited author in the “Rising Stars in Separation Science” section, 2019 
  • University of Central Florida, College of Science, Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2015 
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship, 2014 


Cannabis Quality Assurance Program: Exercise 2 Toxic Elements Final Report

Chuck Barber, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, Carolyn Burdette, Shaun Kotoski, Melissa M. Phillips, Walter Brent Wilson, Laura Wood
In 2020, NIST launched CannaQAP to improve the comparability of the analytical measurements of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in forensic and cannabis
Created October 23, 2018, Updated December 8, 2022