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Advances in High Resolution Mass Spectrometry


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

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50.64.61.C0054 Gaithersburg, MD

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Benjamin J Place 301.975.3941


This research focuses on developing new applications of high resolution/accurate mass (HRAM) mass spectrometry for environmental, forensic, and nutritional analyses. HRAM mass spectrometry instrumentation has pushed the limits of mass detection to spectral resolutions over 100,000, allowing for specific mass determination and unknown compound identification. Analytical methods and novel data-processing tools need to be developed to embrace these new techniques and further elevate their capabilities. Instrumentation available for this research includes ion trap, Orbitrap, and time-of-flight mass spectrometric technologies. Research interests include (1) development of novel approaches for the non-target screening of complex chemical systems; (2) fundamental research of HRAM-MS technologies and affiliated hyphenated analysis techniques such as, two-dimensional liquid chromatography coupled to HRAM-MS for chemical fingerprinting of foods; and (3) investigation of chemometric analytical methods for the data handling and processing of HRAM mass spectral data.


High resolution mass spectrometry; Accurate mass; Chemometrics; Chromatography; Clinical; Dietary supplements; Food; Forensics;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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