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Dr. Jhanis GonzalezTechnical Director, Product R&D and Management at Applied Spectra Inc., has researched the chemical analysis of solid samples with laser induced breakdown spectroscopy and fundamental ablation mechanisms for close to 20 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.

Jhanis’ 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.

Alan Koenig is our Technical Director in charge of global application support and application lab operation. Alan brings Applied Spectra 20+ years of  LA-ICP-MS and instrument method development experience for a wide range of solid sample analysis. He has previously worked at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) where he ran the LA-ICP-MS Facility for 17 years.

He has published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy. Geology, American Mineralogist, Geoarchaeology, Economic Geology and numerous others. He has contributed significantly to the design and production of geological reference materials used for LA-ICP-MS and LIBS. Alan is also versed in other analytical techniques such as Raman (including Raman inside the LA system), micro-XRF, LIBS, SEM and electron beam techniques. Alan received his B.S. and M.S. in Geology from Colorado State University.

Dr. Alexander Bolshakov 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.

Alex 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. He 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

Charles Sisson, Applications Scientist, has been working with Applied Spectra Inc. for 5 years in applications and research and development with respect to using LIBS and LA ICP MS as quantitative and qualitative tools.

Mr. Sisson has background in the study of physical and fluorescence properties in conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CP dots) at Clemson University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where he studied small molecule synthesis and characterization.

Dr. Sudeep J. Pandey  joined our Applied Spectra scientific team as a project scientist in October 2017. He got his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Central Florida. A large part of his Ph.D. work focused on the quantitative analysis of composition and impurities in optical ceramics using LIBS. He is experienced in material fabrication and instrument development, as well as data analysis. At Applied Spectra, Sudeep is involved in the development of LIBS instrumentation with applications to the energy sector.

Dr. Adam Goldsmith is our Product Specialist supporting the Alphachron, RESOlution, and RESOchron instrument. Adam is a technical expert in low-temperature (U-Th)/He thermochronology and obtained his PhD in Geological Sciences from the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin.  After his PhD work, he helped to set up and operate the helium thermochronology lab at the University of Connecticut as Laboratory Manager. His PhD research focused on understanding the complex effects of self-irradiation damage on the crystal lattice of U- and Th-bearing minerals, the effects of this damage on He diffusion kinetics, and influence of such changes on measured dates and retrieval of thermal histories.

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