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Jean-Francois Masson

The Power List 2018

Jean-Francois Masson

Full Professor, Département de Chimie, Université de Montréal, Canada.

Early inspiration
After high school, I was training as a lab technician when an internship hooked me on analytical chemistry research. Plasmonics was emerging in the early 2000s; working on this topic provided an attractive opportunity to contribute to a new analytical field.

I work on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) optophysiology to monitor metabolite release from cells and neurons. This stimulating project lets me learn more about cell biology, physiology and machine learning data processing. I also work on field-deployable sensors for bioprocess monitoring, energetic materials and, as a true Canadian, maple syrup analysis.  

To make innovations from my lab mature into technologies that will have a long-lasting impact in analytical sciences and in the community. 

Networking is key. The analytical community is very supportive of early career scientists, and senior researchers in the field will gladly help you – so don’t be afraid to approach them. You will find new collaborators, generate ideas, create job opportunities and learn a lot. 

Nominator comment:“Masson is a very prolific and creative scientist on all levels and a leading authority in portable instrumentation.”

Part of the Power List 2018

The Fab Forty

The Top 40 Under 40 Power List returns to celebrate the gifted young scientists making waves in analytical science. Here we present the rising stars of the field (in alphabetical order), as nominated by our readers and shortlisted by our independent judging panel.

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