Mel Comisarow Analytical Chemistry

Developed Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Spectroscopy

The Story

Mel Comisarow is a chemist who specializes in physical or analytical chemistry. He developed a new kind of spectrophotometer called a Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Spectroscope (FT-ICR). It is the single most versatile tool for examining the gas-phase chemical reactions of ions with organic, inorganic and organometallic compounds, and is now used all over the world. In addition, the FT-ICR instrument has great potential as an analytical mass spectrometer, especially for involatile samples. It can analyze high polymers, involatile organometallics, and a wide variety of biological molecules, and show their internal struture. FT-ICR is best known for its ultrahigh mass resolution, which exceeds that of any other type of mass spectrometer.

The Person

Residence
Vancouver, BC
Title
Professor
Office
Chemistry Department, University of British Columbia
Status
Working
Degrees
  • BSc, University of Alberta, 1963
  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1968
Awards
  • Barringer Award of the Spectroscopy Society of Canada (1989)
  • Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation, British Chemical Society (1993)
  • Royal Society of Canada (1995)
  • Field Franklin Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mass Spectrometry of the American Chemical Society (1995)
  • Fisher Award in Analytical Chemistry of Canadian Society for Chemistry (1996)
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September 25, 2015
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