Jhanis Gonzalez, Ph.D, Director of Applications and Laboratory Operations, has researched the chemical analysis of solid samples with laser induced breakdown spectroscopy and fundamental ablation mechanisms for close to 10 years. He was a Visiting Scientist, Chemist Postdoctoral Fellow, and a Project Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and has been published in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.

Dr. Gonzalez’s research, focused on understanding the mechanisms of laser-material interaction through the use of both LIBS and LA-ICP-MS, has helped Applied Spectra remain on the cutting edge of laser chemical analysis. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Area-Physics Chemistry from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas.

Jhanis Gonzalez, Ph.D


C. Derrick Quarles Jr., Ph.D, Director of Business Development, completed his undergraduate studies at Augusta State University, and received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2011 from Clemson University. His thesis work focused on glow discharge spectroscopy. He was a guest researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as well as the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2011. He also had a Fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA (2011-2013) as a chemist in the Inorganic and Radiation Analytical Toxicology Branch.

Dr. Quarles’ responsibilities included the use of Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) for toxic metals analysis in biological matrices. Dr. Quarles is published in a variety of journals including, Metallomics, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, and Spectrochemica Acta, Part B.

C. Derrick Quarles Jr., Ph.D

Alexander Bolshakov, Ph.D has 25 years of experience in the fields of laser spectroscopy and plasma physics. He was a Senior Research Associate at the NASA Ames Research Center and is now a Senior Scientist at Applied Spectra. He has been published in a variety of journals, including The Russian Chemical Review, Technical Physics, and The Journal of Applied Physics.

Dr. Bolshakov contributions have helped Applied Spectra create a transportable advanced stand-off LIBS spectrometer. His work helps Applied Spectra maintain and advance its standing in the LIBS and LA-ICP-MS industries. Dr. Bolshakov received his M.S. and Ph.D. from St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University in Plasma Physics and Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectrometry, respectively.

Alexander Bolshakov, Ph.D