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Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry

Finding the Source

What is the focus of your research?

I would say that we have two main branches of research. First, we want to speed up analysis, largely by producing portable mass spectrometry (MS) instrumentation. Second, we are developing ‘smart’ automated data processing tools that use algorithms to extract useful information from spectra. We are also working towards developing a ubiquitous ionization source that can be used to detect elemental species, small molecules and large biopolymers; these systems could fragment molecules to obtain structural information and then break it down even further to look at atomic ions. We have actually accomplished this using an ionization source called solution-cathode glow discharge (SCGD).

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Matthew Hallam

I've always wanted a career in which I could practice my creativity, even when I worked on the assembly line in a fish factory. At one time, I channeled this need into dance, drawing, poetry and fiction, and I still do most of these things. But, following completion of my MSc(Res) in Translational Oncology and time working in labs and as a Medical Writer for major pharmaceutical companies, I'm happy to find myself in a career that allows me to combine my creative side with my scientific mind as the Deputy Editor of The Analytical Scientist.

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