2005 Hans and Marlies Zimmer International Scholar

Norbert Jakubowski

Norbert Jakubowski

Personal Information:

Civil Address: Echtermannsweg 5 a
D-44 319 Dortmund
Professional Address: Institut für Spektrochemie und angewandte Spektroskopie, Bunsen-Kirchhoff-Str. 11,
44 139 Dortmund
Telephone Number: 0049-231-1392-108
FAX Number: 0049-231-1392-120

Studies and Diplomas:
1974 - 1977: "University of Essen": BSc
1977 - 1981: "University of Essen": MSc1
1987 -1991: Thesis work at the "University of Hohenheim": Ph.d.2

1Title: Strahl - Plasma - Wechselwirkung (Interaction of an ion beam with a plasma)
2Title: Analyse von Oberflächen und oberflächennaher metallischer Schichten mittels niederauflösender
Glimmentladungsmassenspektrometrie (Analysis of surface-near layers by low resolution glow discharge mass spectrometry)

Professional Experience:
1981 - 1982: Scientific consultant of the "Gesellschaft der Förderer des Deutschen Energiezentrums (Society of the Promotion of a German Energy Centre)"
1982 - 1999: Senior scientist in the working group for elemental mass spectrometry at the "Institut für Spektrochemie und angewandte Spektroskopie, Dortmund
2000: Head of the working group "Elemental Mass Spectrometry"
2001 - 2002: Head of the working group "Physical Analysis"
2002 - 2003: Deputy of the project area "Spectroscopic Instruments and Methods"
2004: Director of the department "Functional Genomics and Proteomics"

1990: "Alan Date Memorial Award" (VG Elemental) for outstanding contributions to the field of ICP-MS
1996: "Spectrochimica Acta Atomic Spectroscopy Award 1995" (Spectrochimica Acta: Part B) for the best publication in 1995
1989: Poster prize given at the "1989 European Plasma Winter Conference on Spectrochemistry"
1993: Poster prize given at the "2. Regensburger Symposium über Massenspektrometrische Verfahren der Elementspurenanalyse"
1999: Poster prize given at the "CANAS´99"
2001: Poster prize given at the "34. Diskussionstagung der Gesellschaft der Deutschen Massenspektrometrie"
2003: Poster prize given at the "European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry"

Teaching Experience:
Since 1990: Lecturer in educational courses for industrial staff on Elemental Mass Spectrometry.
1996: Course on "ICP-MS", Karl Franzen University, Graz, Austria.
Since 1996: Short courses at national and international conferences in Germany, USA, Japan and in UK on "Plasma Source Mass Spectrometry"

Boards and Committees:
Since 1999: Member of the "Editorial and Advisory Board" of the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS)
1999 - 2003: Scientific Editor for electronic publications of JAAS
1993 - 1998: Chairman of the "German ICP-MS Users Group"
1999 - 2002: Member of the Steering Committee of the European Network on Analytical Glow Discharges
2001: Member of the Scientific Committee of the "European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2003"
2003: Member of the Scientific Committee of the "5th Int. Speciation Conference"
2003: Member of the Scientific Committee of the "4th Int. Conference on Sector Field ICP-MS"

Number of Publications: 90

Research interests:
Analytical Chemistry with special interest in development of instruments, methods and problem-orientated procedures based on the use of plasma sources (inductively coupled plasma, glow discharge) for elemental mass spectrometry of solid and liquid samples. Development of procedures for speciation (As, Se, Cr, Ni, Pt, Pd, Rh) based on on-line coupling of ICP-MS with adequate separation techniques.


Instrumental Developments for analytical atomic spectroscopy.

N. Jakubowski, ISAS - Institute for Analytical Sciences, Bunsen-Kirchhoff-Str. 11, D-44139 Dortmund, e-mail: jakubowski@ansci.de

Since the early days of Bunsen and Kirchhoff atomic spectroscopy has developed to one of the most important tools for analytical chemistry, and even about 150 years later there is still a need to improve instrumentation. In this lecture some instrumental developments from the Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) will be discussed, which had already led to new commercially available instruments in absorption, emission and mass spectrometry.

The topics covered will include

  • "Development of continuum source spectroscopy for multielement analysis in atomic absorption spectrometry.
  • "Development of high mass resolution in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to overcome limitations from spectral interferences.
  • "Development of a new "time of flight (TOF)" mass spectrometer for acquisition of transient signals.
  • "Development of a new glow discharge mass spectrometer (GD-MS) for direct analysis of conducting and non-conducting samples.

At hand of selected examples it will be shown that these instruments extend the application range of atomic spectroscopy in particular in the material and life sciences. Finally, trends will be discussed how future instrumentation may become cheaper and more powerful by making use of miniaturisation strategies which can lead to "lab on a chip" systems with sample treatment, separation and detection integrated in one device.