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Stellar 34-Year Career of Professor Gary A. Eiceman

Chemistry Professor Gary A. Eiceman (left) and post-doctoral fellow Gyoungil Lee (Photo by Hamid Mansouri Rad)

Chemistry Professor Gary A. Eiceman (left) and post-doctoral fellow Gyoungil Lee (Photo by Hamid Mansouri Rad)

During the past 34 years at NMSU, Gary A. Eiceman has mentored hundreds of students, garnered in excess of $15 million in external funding, holds 23 patents, and published more than 200 research articles on the foundations of gas phase ion molecule reactions in air at ambient pressure and the behavior of gas ions in electric fields. Additionally, he has developed chemical instruments for fast measurements of toxic organic compounds in airborne vapors. His efforts have resulted in development of technology to access air quality on-board the International Space Station and formerly in Space Shuttles in cooperation with Dr. Thomas Limero of Johnson Space Center, Houston. A recent award from NSF enables Eiceman and his students to 1) redesign and rebuild a proof-of-concept tandem differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) instrument into a stable experimental platform, with detector options for a conventional Faraday plate or a mass spectrometer; 2) explore the selectivity of ion-reagent chemistry implemented in tandem DMS and clarify origins of chemical orthogonality from changed alpha functions or ion transformations; and 3) determine chemical class-based dependences of ion fragmentation by strong RF fields in tandem mobility measurements. Professor Eiceman currently holds a quarter-time appointment as Professor of Analytical Instrumentation in Loughborough University, England.