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7th CAID Workshop: Instrumentation for Forensics, Nanoscience and Pharmaceutical Science--- Sept 7th - 9th, 2014 @ Aston Labs, Purdue University. The workshop is to showcase novel technologies expanding from analytical and organic chemistry to forensics, nanoscience and pharmaceutical science, to provide attendees the chances to engage in several experiments where they will gain the hands-on experience, and to have attendees the opportunities to interact with the leaders in the fields. more information The meeting is no cost but please register here!
The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014--- R. Graham Cooks, the Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, has been selected to the New York-based Thomson Reuters’ list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014". The honor recognizes researchers around the world who have earned distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among the most frequently cited by fellow researchers. Also on the list from Purdue are professors in engineering and agriculture: David J. Love, Mark S. Lundstrom, Kinam Park, Zhixiang Chen, Jian-Kang Zhu, and Angus S. Murphy. more information
Intensive Short Course on Mass Spectrometry for Undergraduates--- During the two day short course (September 22 & 23, 2013) at the CAID meeting, undergraduates from different universities performed a traditional bulk phase reaction and preparative mass spectrometry via paperspray in a laboratory setting. more information
Mass Spectrometric Synthesis in the Undergraduate Organic Lab---Undergraduate laboratories teach traditional means of organic synthesis followed by chemical and spectroscopic analysis to impart an understanding of chemical reactivity. In some undergraduate organic labs, MS has been introduced but only in its traditional role as an analytical method. Recent findings from Professor Cooks’ group show chemical synthesis can be performed in charged microdroplets by spraying reaction mixtures. Reaction acceleration has been observed when ionization is done by electrospray or paper spray. This provides a simple and easy platform to access chemical reactivity. Chemistry 266 students this spring were the first to utilize this new synthetic method in an undergraduate organic lab. more information
The 1st International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSS) will be held in Sienna, Italy from September 15-20,2013. IMSS 2013 is a six day full immersion school aimed to give advanced education in mass spectrometry to graduate, PhD, post-doc students, and young working in the areas of chemistry, biosciences, food, environment, and medicine. Lecturers will include R. Graham Cooks, Richard Caprioli, Marcos Eberlin, and many more. more information
Hello Astonites, it is that time of year again when several of us will have the opportunity to see each other and catch up on the years events at ASMS. The conference is in Minneapolis, MN, June 9-13, 2013. This year, we will try and have an Astonite reunion near the Prosolia booth during the opening reception Sunday evening (June 9)! See you there!
Prof. R. Graham Cooks was announced as the 2013 winner of the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry to recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way. Cooks was nominated for his impact in mass spectrometry and instrumentation development, which he has conducted in the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry since 1976."I am particularly pleased by the fact that the Foundation chose Chemical Instrumentation as the topic of the prize," Cooks stated, "because it is an emphatic recognition of the importance of instrumentation in the chemical enterprise. This has been one focus of the chemistry research effort at Purdue for some 50 years, so the 2013 Prize is a recognition of the subject and the institution, more than an individual." more information
|The American Chemical Society (ACS) recognized the R. B. Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry as a National Historic Chemical Landmark on Friday, April 26, 2013. Named after local physician and lecturer Dr. Richard Benbridge Wetherill, the building was constructed in phases between 1928 and 1955 to accommodate a growing Department of Chemistry. The building has served as a center for chemical education and research in the United States for more than 80 years. Advances made in the building include developments in vapor-phase nitration of saturated hydrocarbons, palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling, tandem mass spectrometry, and the discovery of hydroboration and its application to numerous synthetic pathways.more information|
|ScienceLives article: The Man Behind the Technology of "CSI" R. Graham Cooks, Purdue University's Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, has made mass spectrometry appeal to mass audiences with technology featured on the hit series "CSI." Mass spectrometry turns molecules into ions so their mass can be analyzed, and traditionally requires chemical separations, manipulations of samples and containment in a vacuum chamber. Cooks developed a desorption electrospray ionization technique, called DESI, that performs the ionization step in the air or directly on surfaces, making it much faster and more portable.|
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