A researcher at the Savannah River National Laboratory has been awarded for his many years of service to his field.

Dr. Chris Bannochie has been named the winner of the E. Ann Nalley Award for Volunteer Service by the American Chemical Society southeast region.

Bannochie’s contributions include 20 years of service and mentoring activities, including 17 years of service as an elected American Chemical Society councilor, representing his local region.

In his time with the ACS, he has held many titles within the organization. His efforts also contributed to a 40 percent membership increase in the past five years.

Bannochie is credited by his peers as being a leader in the society in promoting the professional status of chemists and in promoting equality through diversity for all members.

The award was established in 2006 by Dr. E. Ann Nalley, past president and director of the ACS, to honor the volunteer efforts of individuals who contribute to the goals and objectives of the society.

The southeastern region represents approximately 30,000 society members.

The award consists of a Nalley medallion plaque, a monetary award and travel expenses to attend a regional meeting for the winner.