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Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Staff

John M. Turlington

Title: Chemist

EPA Division: Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Environmental Characterization and Apportionment Branch

John’s current research includes PM organic source marker analysis for alkanes, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and hopanes to support ongoing field study projects. He is measuring nitro PAHs, from the combustion of nano-metallic fuel-borne catalysts (FBCs) in diesel fuel to determine the potential oxidative effects of nano particle additives. He is investigating alternative fuels such as biodiesel for nitro PAHs, PAHs, and hopanes to assess the effects of non-traditional energy sources. John is also studying hydro-fracturing research using VOC passive sampling analysis in support of current oil and gas (energy) efforts.


  • M.B.A., Meredith College, 2002
  • B.S., Chemistry, North Carolina State University, 1980
  • Environmental Applications of Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry—An Interpretation Course, Indiana University, 1986
  • Operation and Maintenance of the ELQ-400-1 Mass Spectrometer, Extrel Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, 1984
  • Separations Development, Waters Associates, Milford, MA, 1984

Professional Experience:

  • Chemist, USEPA, ORD, NERL-HEASD, RTP, NC 2006-present
  • Research Chemist, Alion Science & Technology, Research Triangle Park, NC 2004-2006
  • Project Scientist, ManTech Environmental Technology, Research Triangle Park, NC 1983-1998
  • Lab Technician, Union Carbide Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC 1981-1983
  • Chemist, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC 1980-1981

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

  • National Honor Society in Business Administration, Meredith College, Gamma Rho Chapter, 2002

Select Awards and Honors:

  • NERL Special Achievement Team Award, Anticipate Future Environmental Issues, for contributions to research on the emerging issue of nanomaterial diesel fuel additives in support of the NERL’s Organic Speciation Laboratory (OSL), 2011
  • EPA National Honor Awards Ceremony, Silver Medal Award for Superior Service, The DEARS Team, in recognition of designing and executing the Detroit Exposure and Aerosol Research Study (DEARS) in support of the NERL’s Organic Speciation Laboratory (OSL), 2010
  • EPA National Honor Awards Ceremony, Glenda A. Farmer Award for Exemplary Technical Support, for outstanding technical support and innovation in analytical chemistry laboratory operations in support of organic aerosol, source apportionment, and human exposure research for the NERL’s Organic Speciation Laboratory (OSL), 2010

Select Publications:

  • Turlington, John M., McDow, Stephen R., Solid phase extraction cleanup for non-polar and moderately polar molecular markers for PM2.5 sources, Atmospheric Environment, Volume 44, Issue17, June 2010
  • Turlington, John M., Olson, David A., Stockburger, Leonard, McDow, Stephen R., Trueness, precision, and detectability for sampling and analysis of organic species in airborne particulate matter, Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry, published online June 2010

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
John Turlington
Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
US EPA Office of Research and Development
109 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-2923
Email: Turlington.john@epa.gov

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