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prof. Norbert Jakubowski

Norbert Jakubowski graduated as “Diplom-Physiker” from the University in Essen/Duisburg. In his diploma research work he focused on the development of plasma based ion sources. He obtained his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1991 from the University of Stuttgart/Hohenheim for his thesis: “Analysis of Technical Layers by Use of Glow Discharge Mass Spectromtry (GD-MS)”. In 1981 he joined the Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) in Dortmund to work as a research scientist in the laboratory of inorganic mass spectrometry, where he developed novel instrumentation for plasma ion source based mass spectrometry. Later in 1999, he became the head of the division 1.1 (Inorganic Trace Analysis) of the “Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM)” in Berlin. Major research field are the development of ion sources based on plasmas combined with mass spectrometry for solving applications in analytical chemistry.

His main activities are mainly focused on 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, liquid and biological/medical samples. He spent research stays in the laboratory of Joe Caruso (University of Cincinnati), Gary Hieftje (University of Bloomington) and Ken Shimizu (Keio University, Japan).

Presently the key topics of his research are related to:

  1. Speciation of Se, As, Gd, Cd, Pt in environmental and biological samples. Characterization of metallic nanoparticles (NP).
  2. Metallomics in particular to study the interaction of toxic metals and metallic nanoparticles with single biological cells.
  3. Bioconjugation of antibodies for clinical multiplex assays;
  4. Bio-imaging and development of a quantitative elemental microscope.

He published more than 206 scientific papers and 10 book chapters and edited one book on inorganic mass spectromtry and his articles are cited about 5,000 times. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the journals „The Analyst“ and „Metallomics“.

He received the following awards: the „Alan Date Memorial Award, University of Surrey, UK (1991); the „Zimmer International Scholar” given by the University of Cincinnati, USA“; the “Waters Symposium Prize: Pioneers in ICP-MS”, Pittcon 2006, Orlando, USA (2006) and the most prestigeous „European Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry”, Krakow, Poland (2013).