Jhanis Gonzalez, Ph.D, Technical 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.
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.
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.
Martin Bennett M.S. is the Director of Global Business Support at Applied Spectra, Inc. Mr. Bennett oversees Applications lab which includes developing analytical techniques for both pre and post sales cases for our various customer base.
Mr. Bennett has over 15 years of experience in analytical instrumentation and has worked for several instrumentation companies such as Varian, Bruker and AnalytikJena. As Senior ICPMS engineer/application chemist (Bruker), he helped in the development of Next-gen ICPMS instrumentation, and as Head of Service (AnalytikJena) he was tasked with setting up North American Service and Support operations. Mr. Bennett received his B.S. and M.S. from Central Michigan University in Analytical/Physical Chemistry and Mathematics where his thesis work included developing instrumentation and methodology for “in-situ” monitoring of methyl-methoxy-silane reactions using Raman spectroscopy.
Charles Sisson, M.S. Applications Scientist, has been working with Applied Spectra Inc. for 4 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.
Sudeep J. Pandey, Ph.D. 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.
Juan Carlos Guerrero works as an Application Scientist, focusing on developing LIBS and LA-ICP-MS methods to solve analytical problems for both R&D and commercial industries. His previous experience involved using LA-ICP-MS, concentrating in U-Pb geochronology, in order to recreate paleogeographic and tectonic settings of Earth’s vast history. Mr. Guerrero received his B.S. in Geology with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Florida.