Award-Winning Professor Emeritus Co-Edits New Volume on Latest in Mass Spectrometry Techniques with Trapped Ions


Dr. Raymond March’s Book to be Used Widely by Medical Research and Pharmaceutical Industry and Environmental Agencies

Friday, November 27, 2009, Peterborough

Dr. Raymond March, professor emeritus in Chemistry at Trent University and an internationally-renowned and award-winning expert in his field, has co-edited with Dr. John Todd of the University of Kent in the UK, a new book on the latest research on mass spectrometry techniques with trapped ions.

Practical Aspects of Trapped Ion Mass Spectrometry: Volume V, Applications of Ion Trapping Devices, is the fifth book in a series and the first detailed account of the application of new and established mass spectrometric techniques utilizing trapped or confined ions for prolonged investigation and increased sensitivity. Mass spectrometry (MS) is a highly-specialized technique that permits the measurement of miniscule amounts of contaminants in other substances, such as food and water.

The book, which is to be launched at the 22nd Annual Tandem Mass Spectrometry Workshop in Lake Louise running from December 2-5, features an international panel of authors presenting a world-wide view of the practical aspects of recent progress using trapped ion devices.

In contrast to previous texts, which have concentrated generally on a single or limited range of ion trapping techniques, a key feature of this compilation of contributions is its coverage of all ion trapping techniques currently in use.

Dr. Raymond March, an internationally-recognized expert in mass spectrometry, has published more than 200 research manuscripts on the topic; in addition, he has authored/edited nine books. In August, he was presented with the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Award by the Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy (CSASS).

Since coming to Trent in 1965, Dr. March has developed new techniques in mass spectrometry that can be used by the pharmaceutical industry to develop new drugs as well as in the detection of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in athletes. Although he retired from the University 10 years ago, as a professor emeritus of Chemistry Dr. March continues to be active in research using mass spectrometry. His current projects include: partnering with the Ministry of Natural Resources to identify biomarkers in trees that have been infested by the damaging emerald ash borer beetle; working with Trent colleagues to investigate the reactivity of liver fatty acid binding protein with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), that is used for rendering fabrics stain-free; and research into polyphenols (flavonoids and flavonoid glycosides) that occur widely in fruit and vegetables and are believed to be radical scavengers and have anticancer activities.


For more information, please contact: Dr. Raymond E. March, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry, Trent University, (705) 742-1597 (home) or