Gary Hieftje

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Indiana University, 800 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812 855 2189, Fax: 812 855 0958, Email

Better Instrumentation and Measurements through Spectrochemical Research



The Laboratory for Spectrochemistry (LFS) has several missions:

1) to develop spectrochemical measurements and instrumentation

2) to characterize spectrochemical events and systems fundamentally through experimental  measurements and theoretical modeling

3) to solve practical problems through spectrochemical techniques

4) to integrate spectrochemical measurements and instrumentation with other techniques

Research in the LFS ranges from plasma physics to chemical sensors and includes both optical and mass spectrometry.   Areas of application include on-site monitoring, environmental science, bioanalysis, forensics, and materials chemistry.


Celebrating 48 Years of Analytical Chemistry Research




ACS Analytical Symposium 2018

ACS Analytical Division Symposium
New Orleans, LA - March 2018

"Biomolecular, Molecular, and Elemental Spectroscopy with Plasma Sources"

(C. Engelhard, K. Marcus, N. Jakubowski, G. Hieftje, G. Chan, D. Koppenaal - not pictured J. Shelley)




February 2017
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Recently Awarded PhDs


Andrew P. Storey
PhD awarded
August 2016



Andrew J. Schwartz
PhD awarded
August 2016



Yan Cheung
PhD awarded
February 2016



Elise A. Dennis
PhD awarded
August 2015



Recent Hieftje Group-Related Recognitions


Carsten Engelhard

Carsten Engelhard
Hieftje Group Post doc


Prof. Dr. Carsten Engelhard

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of Siegen

receives the

2018 Mattauch-Herzog Award

The Mattauch-Herzog Award is a prize for
"young Scientists and honors excellence in the field of
mass spectrometry research"

The Award is named in honor of Josef Mattauch and Richard Herzog
who pioneered ion optics for mass spectrometry and developed
a new type of mass spectrometer in 1934

Sponsored by
The German Society for Mass Spectrometry (DGMS)
and endowed by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany

to awarded at the
European Mass Spectrometry Conference (EMSC) 2018
March 11-25, 2018
Saarbrücken, Germany

Frank Bright

Frank V. Bright
Hieftje Group Post doc

Prof. Frank V. Bright, PhD

Henry M. Woodburn Professor
SUNY & UB DIstinguished Professor
The State Univerity of New York
Buffalo, NY

receives the

2017 Edward W. Morley Medal

The award recognizes significant contributions to chemistry through achievements in research, teachng, engineering, ....."

sponsored by
The American Chemical Society
Cleveland Section

awarded at the
ACS Regional Meeting
May 17, 2017
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Jacob T. Shelley
PhD 2011

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of Prof. Shelley's
recent research at RPI

Prof. Jacob T. Shelley, PhD

Alan Paul Schulz Professor of Chemistry
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY

receives the

2017 Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award

The Bunsen–Kirchhoff Award is a prize for
"outstanding achievements" in the field of analytical spectroscopy.
The prize is named in honor of
chemist Robert Bunsen and physicist Gustav Kirchhoff

sponsored by
The German Working Group for Analytical Spectroscopy
a sub-division of the GDCh
(German Chemical Society)
and endowed by PerkinElmer, Germany

awarded at
Anakon 2017
April 3-6, 2017
Tübingen, Germany

George Chan

George Chan
PhD 2007

George Y.-C Chan, PhD

currently at
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

receives the

Inagural Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award

sponsored by
Spectroscopy Magazine

awarded at the
2017 European Winter Conference
St. Anton, Austria


Richard Russo

Richard E. Russo
PhD 1981

Richard E. Russo, PhD

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

receives the

2016 Award in Spectrochemical Analysis

sponsored by
American Chemical Society
Analytical DIvision

awarded at the
2016 ACS Fall Meeting
August 21-25
Philadelphia, PA


Gina Roesch
Undergraduate Student

Gina C. Roesch
Undergraduate Student

receives a

Hutton Honors College
2016 Summer Grant for Research

sponsored by
Indiana University

as well as a

2016 Mann Undergraduate Scholarship

sponsored by
IU Chemistry Department





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