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September 13, 2018: R. S. Houk – ICP Spectroscopy: Something Old, Something New


Dr. R. S. Houk
Ames Laboratory USDOE
Department of Chemistry
Iowa State University, Ames IA 50011 USA

Thursday, September 13th, 2018
6:00 pm – Talk
Dinner afterwards at Aubree’s Grill

Eastern Michigan University
Halle Library, Rm 300
955 W. Circle Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Joint Meeting With Detroit-ACS and Detroit-SAS

Abstract: This talk will survey the development of analytical atomic spectroscopy since the advent of atomic absorption in the early 1960s. It will emphasize the history of the inductively coupled plasma (ICP) for both atomic emission and atomic mass spectrometry. Current status and recent developments in both ICP spectroscopies will be surveyed. The latter include interesting applications such as a) detection and sizing of inorganic nanoparticles, b) application of specialized ICP time of flight mass spectrometers for analysis of metal tags on single biological cells, and c) use of ICP magnetic sector MS for discovery of new superheavy elements. Possible areas of improvement in ICP-MS will be suggested.

Biographical Sketch: Robert Samuel Houk was born in New Castle Pennsylvania and attended Shenango Area High School. He received the B. S. in Secondary Education from Slippery Rock State College in 1974 and the Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1980. His dissertation described the first results from coupling an analytical ICP to a mass spectrometer. He was a postdoctoral associate at the Ames Laboratory U. S. Department of Energy and then joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at ISU in 1981. He is presently Professor of Chemistry and an Associate of the Ames Laboratory. His research is in analytical atomic spectrometry, especially ICP-MS, and also in electrospray laser desorption mass spectrometry. Houk has served on various editorial boards, e.g., JAAS and Spectrochimica Acta Part B. He has won a number of awards including the ACS Awards for Chemical Instrumentation (1993) and Spectrochemical Analysis (2012), the ANACHEM Award (2000), the Wilkinson Teaching Award from ISU (1993), and the Winter Conference Award in Plasma Spectrochemistry (2018).

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