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What sparked your interest in analytical chemistry?

My dad taught sculpture and art history, so it was natural that my first interests were in the humanities. I started college as a music major, but took some classes in science and math – and I was fascinated. When I learned that you could go to graduate school for free if you studied chemistry, my fate was sealed!

I joined Peter Armentrout’s lab for my PhD to study transition metal ions in gaseous reactions. Coming to science rather late, I lacked much of the background knowledge of my graduate student peers, but Peter and his students soon brought me up to speed. Peter takes real joy in getting things right and he soon instilled that in me.

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Frank van Geel

Frank van Geel is owner of educational website Chromedia and Scientific Director of The Analytical Scientist. He studied analytical chemistry, specialized in mass spectrometry in the Netherlands and did several years of post-doc work in spectroscopy with Jim Winefordner at the University of Florida in the US. Then he became a science teacher and later publisher in chemistry and physics related topics. He developed numerous publications in chemistry and other sciences. He strongly supports the mission: "Building online communities is the road to take. We need to strengthen the quality of analytical chemistry and we need to strengthen our community by sharing know-how and by sharing our opinions, visions and our views of the future of analytical science."

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