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Ian Leavy

Ian Leavy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Ian Leavy has over six years of experience in analytical chemistry and geochemistry. Since joining PNNL in 2012 his work has focused primarily on supporting projects within the geochemistry group with reliable high quality data and lab support services. Ian is currently working as an ICP-OES and ICP-MS technician, providing ICP analysis in support of numerous projects both within and outside of the ESL group. He is also a secondary operator on other instrumentation such as Ion Chromatographs, HR-ICP-MS and the LIBS/Laser Ablation unit. Ian is also involved with sample preparation/digestion, lab and instrument maintenance and data processing/ analysis. His research interests are in Mass Spectrometry, Geochemistry and Hydrogeology. During his senior year Ian worked under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Nezat, senior professor of geochemistry at the Eastern Washington University, to investigate isolated cases of private water well contamination by arsenic in the Spokane Washington area. Ian is currently considering universities and topics for graduate studies.

Research Interests

  • Environmental remediation
  • Geochemistry of the Latah Formation
  • Geology of Washington and Montana
  • Metallic Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
  • Novel analytical techniques

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Geology, Eastern Washington University, 2012
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Eastern Washington University, 2012

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Chemical Society member, ACS, 2016

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Graduate in Geology, EWU, 2012
  • Al Weissenborn Geology Scholar, EWU, 2011
  • Navy Achievement Medal with “combat V” for valor in combat, USMC, 2003

PNNL Publications





Subsurface Science & Technology