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Dr Alan Marshall announced as plenary speaker at Pittcon 2010

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Dr Alan Marshall, Kasha Professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State University, and director of the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Program at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, will present at Pittcon 2010 as the plenary speaker. Marshall will deliver The Role of High-End Instrumentation during the opening session on 1 March 2010, at Pittcon 2010, which will be held 28 February to 5 March 2010, in Orlando, Florida.

The talk will focus on how high-end analytical instrumentation has both advanced state-of-the-art applications and also stimulated higher performance of much more widely available lower-end instrumentation. Selected examples will draw from synchrotrons, lasers, mass spectrometry, electron and optical microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and robots.

Pittcon 2010 president Annette Wilson commented: 'With the invention and ongoing technical development of Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry, Professor Marshall has changed the landscape of chemical and biological analyses. We are delighted to have the world leader in the development of FT-ICR techniques and applications here to share his knowledge and experience with scientists from all over the world.'

Marshall co-invented and leads the continuing development of Fourier transform ICR mass spectrometry. His current research spans FT-ICR instrumentation development, fossil fuels and environmental analysis, and mapping the primary and higher-order structures of biological macromolecules and their complexes.