Fundamentals of Ambient Mass Spectrometry: The Chemical Analysis of Things as They Are
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
8:00 AM Room: 206C
Jacob T Shelley, Indiana University and Gary Martin Hieftje, Indiana University
As G.E.F. Lundell once indicated, the goal of the analytical sciences is to provide the chemical analysis of things as they are; however, this concept is often ignored in the development, and especially in the use, of analytical techniques. The field of ambient mass spectrometry seeks to reverse this trend by enabling direct, sensitive, and selective analysis of untreated samples. Because of this ability, significant interest has surrounded the field since its introduction in 2004. To lessen the impact of negative hype, which could destroy the field, more effort must be expended on fundamentally understanding the desorption and ionization processes involved in ambient mass-spectrometric analyses. In this symposium, the most recent findings on the fundamental operation of ambient mass spectrometry sources will be presented by scientists who are developers and pioneers of the field.