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Below are links to some of Robert Thomas's publications

 

Title

Date

Journal

Single Particle ICP-MS: A Key Analytical Technique for Characterizing Nanoparticles,

March, 2017 AP Column, Spectroscopy Magazine, 
Characterizing Fuel by Gas Chromatography: Making Sure that IndyCar Race Teams are Playing by the Rules, February, 2017  Petro Industry News, 

New Approaches in Sample Preparation and Precise Multielement Analysis of Crude Oils and Refined Petroleum Products Using Single-Reaction-Chamber Microwave Digestion and Triple-Quadrupole ICP-MS

October, 2016 Spectroscopy, Atomic Perspectives Column
Optimization of EPA Method 325 for the Fast, Accurate and Precise Monitoring of VOCs Around Oil Refinery Fencelines,  September, 2016 Petro Industry News
The Applicability of Field-Portable GC–MS for the Rapid Sampling and Measurement of High-Boiling-Point Semivolatile Organic Compounds in Environmental Samples, July, 2016  Current Trends in Mass Spectroscopy 
The Benefits of GC/MS Coupled with a Headspace Trap to Monitor Volatile Organic Compounds in the Production of Beer, May/June, 2016 Chromatography Today
Money To Burn: Do you Know What is Costs to Run your Atomic Spectroscopy instrumentation?   April, 2016 International LabMate
Extending the Hydrocarbon Range for the Analysis of Soil Gas Samples Using Automated Thermal Desorption Coupled with GC-MS, March, 2016 LC/GC
Replacing Traditional Heavy Metals Testing with Modern Plasma-Based Spectrochemical Techniques March, 2016 Atomic Perspectives Column, Spectroscopy Magazine, 
The Benefits of Single-Particle ICP-MS to Better Understand the Fateand Behavior of Engineered Nanoparticles in Environmental Water Samples,  October, 2015 Spectroscopy Magazine, Environmental Issue
Approaches to Maximize Performance and Reduce the Frequency of Routine Maintenance in ICP-MS,  October, 2015 Atomic Perspectives, Column, Spectroscopy Magazine
Handheld X-ray Diffraction for Remote, Field-Based Applications,  July, 2015 Atomic Perspectives, Column, Spectroscopy Magazine, 
Determining Elemental Impurities in Pharmaceutical Materials: What Atomic Spectroscopic Technique is Right for Your Lab?  March 2015 Atomic Perspectives, Column, Spectroscopy Magazine
GC Ensures Integrity of Drinking Water in Fracking Locations,  February, 2015 Laboratory Equipment
Shifting the Landscape of Nanomaterial Measurement,   November 24, 2014 The Analytical Scientist,
A Single-Method Approach for the Analysis of Volatile and Semivolatile Organic Compounds in Air Using Thermal Desorption Coupled with GC–MS October, 2014 LC/GC
The Benefits of Single-particle ICP MS for the Characterization of Engineered Nanomaterials  April, 2014  R&D Magazine
The Use of Hand-held Raman Spectroscopy for Forensic Investigations June, 2014 Spectroscopy Magazine, Raman Supplement,
Emerging Technology Trends in Atomic Spectroscopy Are Solving Real-World Application Problems, March, 2014 Spectroscopy Magazine,
The Benefits of Ion–Molecule Chemistry for the Determination of Titanium in Whole Blood and Serum Using Quadrupole-Based Collision–Reaction Cell ICP-MS Technology November, 2013 Spectroscopy Magazine, Applications of ICP Supplement, 
How to Select an ICP-MS System: Some Important Considerations,  November, 2013 Spectroscopy Magazine

Collaboration Results in a Breakthrough Design of Desorption Tube For Soil Vapor Intrusion Analysis

October, 2013 Pollution Equipment News
The Use of Raman Spectroscopy in Cancer Diagnostics September, 2013 Spectroscopy Magazine

Miniature Spectrometer Designs Open New Applications Potential

May, 2013 Laser Focus World
ICP-MS with Autodilution and Autocalibration for Implementing the New USP Chapters on Elemental Impurities November, 2012 Spectroscopy Magazine, Applications of  ICP Supplement, 

The Benefits of a High-Performance, Handheld Raman Spectrometer for the Rapid Identification of Pharmaceutical Raw Materials

December, 2012 American Pharmaceutical Review

Portable Raman for Raw Material QC: What’s the Return on Investment?

November, 2012 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Field-Flow-Fractionation Coupled with ICP-MS for the Analysis of Engineered Nanoparticles in Environmental Samples   September, 2012 Spectroscopy magazine
Efficient Removal of Polyatomic Spectral Interferences for the Multielement Analysis of Complex Human Biological Samples by ICP-MS,  July, 2012 Spectroscopy Magazine,
Optimization of an Analytical Method for the Determination of Trace Metals in Urine by ICP-MS Coupled with a Dynamic Reaction Cell January, 2012 Spectroscopy Magazine
Ensuring the Safety and Quality of Foodstuffs Produced in China: The Role of ICP-MS November, 2011 Applications of ICP and ICP-MS Technologies for Today's Spectroscopist (Spectroscopy Supplement)
Analysis of Toxic Trace Metals in Pet Foods Using Cryogenic Grinding and Quantitation by ICP-MS (Part 1) January, 2011 Spectroscopy Magazine
Analysis of Toxic Trace Metals in Pet Foods Using Cryogenic Grinding and Quantitation by ICP-MS (Part 2) February, 2011 Spectroscopy Magazine

Comparison of Different Sample Preparation Procedures for the Determination of RoHS/WEEE Regulated Elements in Printed Circuit Boards and Electrical Components by X-Ray Fluorescence

April, 2010 Spectroscopy Magazine
A Novel Sample Preparation Approach to Increase the Throughput of Pesticide Analysis by LC–MS-MS July, 2009 LC/GC
Using ICP-MS for Environmental Trace Metal Detection June, 2008 Lab Manager
ICP-MS Plays a Vital Role in the Investigation of Lead Levels in a Public School System’s Drinking Water Supply May, 2007 Controlled Environments

Optimization of a High Sample Throughput Method for the Determination of Trace Nutrients in Agricultural Soil Samples Using ICP-OES

Oct, 2006 Applications of ICP and ICP-MS Technologies for Today's Spectroscopist (Spectroscopy Supplement)
New Developments in Wavelength Dispersive XRF and XRD for the Analysis of Foodstuffs and Pharmaceutical Materials Sept, 2006 Spectroscopy Magazine
Advances in the Separation and Detection of As, Cr, and Se Species in Potable Waters Using HPLC Coupled with Dynamic Reaction Cell ICP-MS May, 2006 Currents Trends in Mass Spectroscopy
Biodiesel: Renewable and Biodegradable Fuel Feb, 2006 Hydrocarbon Processing

Using Infrared Spectroscopy in Used Engine Oils - Estimating Base Number

Nov/Dec, 2005 Practicing Oil Analysis
Harsh Environments Dictate Design of Imaging Spectrometers August, 2005 Laser Focus World
Online Remote Sampling of an ICP-MS to Monitor Trace Metals in Semiconductor Process Chemicals July, 2005 Semiconductor Manufacturing
Reducing the Impact of Spectral Interferences on the Determination of Precious Metals in Geological Matrices Using DRC-ICP-MS May, 2005 Currents Trends in Mass Spectrometry
Oil Analysis and Preventive Maintenance May, 2005 Plant Engineering
Using Dynamic Reaction Cell ICP-MS to Determine the Full Suite of Elements in Rainwater January, 2005 Spectroscopy
Meeting the Optical Demands of the Next Generation Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometers October, 2004 NASA Tech Briefs

Reduction of Carbon-Based Interferences in Organic Compound Analysis by Dynamic Reaction Cell ICP-MS

September, 2004 Spectroscopy
Dynamic Reaction Cell ICP-MS for the Analysis of Semiconductor Materials October 1, 2003 Analytical Chemistry, A-Page Article
A Coupled Technique to Improve Protein Yield Measurements October, 2003 PharmaGenomics
Achieving High Trace-Metal Purity Levels Using Dynamic Reaction cell ICP-MS April, 2003 MICRO Magazine
Benefits of Dynamic Reaction Cell ICP-MS to Determine Ultra-trace Contamination Levels in High Purity Sulfuric and Phosphoric Acid January, 2003 Spectroscopy
A Statistical Approach to Reporting Uncertainty on Certified Values of Chemical Reference Materials Sept, 2002 Spectroscopy
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2017, PittCon Short Courses 

Rob Thomas is teaching two  Short Courses at the 2017 Pittsburgh Conference in  Chicago :

HOW TO SELECT AN ICP-MS

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NEW GLOBAL GUIDELINES ON ELEMENTAL IMPURITIES IN PHARMACEUTICAL MATERIALS

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