David Donndelinger
Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student

Wheaton, Illinois

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Illinois (2013)
M.S. in Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology (2018)


After receiving his B.S. in Chemistry in 2013 from the University of Illinois, David commissioned into the US Air Force. For three and a half years, he worked at the the Air Force Technical Applications Center as a satellite data analyst and radiochemist.  In 2018, David completed his MS in Chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he performed mass spectrometry research under the guidance of Dr. Facundo Fernandez.  He was then assigned to the Air Force Research Lab in Ohio studying human performance aiming to restore, sustain, and enable military members throughout the Department of Defense.  David joined the Prentice group in the summer of 2021 and hopes to apply analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry fundamentals to the challenges facing our military.


  • Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award – Junior Officer Category (2020)
  • James W. Brinkley Leadership Award (2020)


  • Donndelinger, D. V. (2018). Rapid characterization of poor-quality medicines using mass spectrometry (Masters Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology).
  • Ohms, S. A., Donndelinger, D. V., Steele, M. (2021). A comparison of the efficacy of hexcheckTM and mcconnell air force base’s danish solution for detecting hexavalent chromium (Cr-VI). Defense Technical Information Center, AD1144799.
  • Zambrzycki, S. C., Caillet, C., Vickers, S., Bouza, M., Donndelinger, D. V., Geben, L. C., … & Fernández, F. M. (2021). Laboratory evaluation of twelve portable devices for medicine quality screening. PLoS neglected tropical diseases15(9), e0009360.