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Alexander Makarov

The Power List 2013


Alexander Makarov

Director of Research, Life Science Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen, Germany

Highlight: “I am known for being the inventor of the Orbitrap mass analyzer, which allowed the introduction of high-resolution, high mass accuracy MS into thousands of laboratories around the world. Orbitrap-based instruments have revolutionized proteomic research and enabled significant progress in screening, toxicology and forensic analysis.”

Main motivation:  “The desire to make the very high performance of large, difficult-to-use mass spectrometers available to all analytical labs – not only high-end research but also routine labs. This could only be achieved by using different physical principles – and that resulted in the novel ion optics of the Orbitrap analyzer.”

Future aspirations:  “I want to make MS as extensively used as optical spectrometry and apply it to as wide variety of analyses as possible. My dream is to have an Orbitrap-based MS in every major hospital and clinic to enable more reliable, more sensitive and faster disease diagnostics.”


Part of the Power List 2013

100 most influential people

That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – over two months ago, ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Here, without further ado, we celebrate the answer.

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