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International honour for Southampton chemist

Published: 28 October 2014
Dr John Langley

Dr John Langley, Head of Characterisation and Analytics in Chemistry at the University of Southampton, has been elected Vice President of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation.

The Foundation, established almost 50 years ago, brings together 41 national societies to develop the science and practice of this sophisticated analytical technique that identifies chemicals at a molecular level. Around 2,000 members meet every two years at a major conference and the 21st will be held in Toronto in 2016; summer schools are held in the years in between. Chemists who work in this field are involved in much multidisciplinary work with colleagues including biological scientists, medical researchers and the people in the pharmaceutical industry.

A member of the IMSF committee since 2009, John is enthusiastic about the Foundation’s role to advance mass spectrometry and its applications in healthcare, transport and the food industry, as well as in research laboratories worldwide. It already supports young scientists through funding and travel grants.


Dr John Langley

“IMSF conferences have always been valuable opportunities for leading scientists to network and collaborate but we want to welcome more students and early career researchers to our events as they begin their careers,” he says. “Our committee, led by chair Professor Catherine Costello from Boston University, want to support the Foundation to meet current challenges in Chemistry and further advance mass spectrometry.”

John is a past chair of the British Mass Spectrometry Society and currently chairs the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Separation Science Group. He has worked at the University of Southampton since 1988.


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