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Brendon Andrew Parsons

Brendon Parsons

Phone (505) 667-7673


  • Biosciences
  • Metabolomics
  • Natural products
  • Chemical Science
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Separation technologies
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Biomarkers
  • Separations chemistry
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Machine learning,
  • Data mining
  • Writing & Editing
  • Technical writing
  • Original writing (nontechnical or semitechnical)


Brendon Parsons is a postdoctoral researcher specializing in analytical chemistry. His primary area of focus is providing analytical services for internal LANL customers. He has a strong background in permanent gas and volatile organic carbon (VOC) analyses in a variety of sample types. Brendon is an expert in multi-dimensional gas chromatography with mass spectrometry and in writing custom software in MATLAB to rapidly process the large resulting data files. Application areas include environmental, biological, petroleum, and material processing samples. In addition, he is experienced in chemometrics, metabolomics, and automated text and data file parsing. Outside of the lab, he maintains expertise in coffee cultivation, processing, and preparation.


Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Washington, 2016

B.A., Liberal Arts, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2010


LANL Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group (C-CDE), 2016-current


Professional Societies

American Chemical Society (ACS)



Top Research Proposal, NSEC Advanced Studies Institute, LANL, 2017

Honorarium to Present at Alma Mater, University of Washington, 2015

Honorarium to Present at ACS National Meeting, University of Washington, 2014

Henry Morrison Flagler Scholarship, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, 2006-2010



Selected Publications*

Implications of Phase Ratio for Maximizing Peak Capacity in Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. B. A. Parsons, D. K. Pinkerton, R. E. Synovec. Chromatogr. A, 2017, in press.

Chemical characterization of the acid alteration of diesel fuel: Non-targeted analysis by GC×GC–TOFMS with tile-based Fisher ratio and combinatorial threshold determination. B. A. Parsons, D. K. Pinkerton, B. W. Wright, R. E. Synovec. Chromatogr. A, 2016, 1440, 179-190.

An optimized procedure for PTFE phase vanishing reactions: an improved reaction design and the use of reagents adsorbed on silica. B. A. Parsons, O. L. Smith, V. Dragojlovic. J. Chem. Res., 2015, 39, 574-581.

Tile-Based Fisher Ratio Analysis of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (GC × GC–TOFMS) Data Using a Null Distribution Approach. B. A. Parsons, et al. Anal. Chem., 2015, 87, 3812–3819.

*A complete list of publications is available at http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4411-0063 and https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rbDQZ3cAAAAJ&hl=en