Mr. Durnal holds a B.S. in Molecular Bioscience from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. As a Principal Chemist and group lead at MRIGlobal, one of the nation’s leading research institutes, he has more than 15 years of experience in the test and evaluation of COTS and emerging chemical detection products including GC/MS, FTIR, Raman, IMS, and colorimetric products to name a few.
He is also well versed on the development and validation of chemical collection devices and CBRNE-related detection and decontamination products. In addition to holding multiple hazardous chemical handling and response certifications, Mr. Durnal has experience in chemical agent handling, as well as the synthesis, detection, and decontamination of fentanyl and numerous analogs.
In addition to multiple peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations, he has been recognized internationally in the Economist and has been the recipient of multiple MRIGlobal internal awards. In 2012, he was named one of Ingram’s magazine’s “2012 Twenty in their 20’s” and in 2014, he co-founded and developed CBRNE Tech Index, an online CBRNE-related product database powered by MRIGlobal that now hosts over 6,000 users per month as an unbiased source for CBRNE product information.