Prof. Gary Eiceman’s 4 big predictions for IMS in the next 5 years

Published on 09 Nov 12, under FAIMS

As part of his contribution to the new ebook “Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry - The Next 5 Years”, Professor Gary Eiceman (New Mexico State University) gives four predictions for how ion mobility spectrometry technology, applications and understanding will evolve over the coming 5 years (see below). To read the rest of Prof. Eiceman’s contribution and the contributions of many other leading academic and industrial IMS researchers check out the free ebook “Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry - The Next 5 Years”.

  1. Embodiments and configurations of technology for mobility measurements and combinations of ion sources with drift measurements have grown significantly during the past five years and this should continue for the next five years. Some of this may be solely improved fabrication or material sciences, others will be creative and surprising innovations.
  2. Understanding of the mobility process and descriptions of the collision-ion drift relationships will be improved though the balance between empirical and theoretical emphasis is unpredictable.
  3. Mobility has and will increasingly affect the practice of mass spectrometry and perhaps LC/MS.
  4. Applications of mobility instruments in clinical venues should emerge as significant tools in the diagnosis and treatment of human illnesses by providing fast and affordable profiles of volatile metabolites.

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