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

Vancouver, BC
Chemistry Department, University of British Columbia
  • BSc, University of Alberta, 1963
  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1968
  • 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)
Last Updated
September 25, 2015

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