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New book response to consumer demand

New Mexico State University chemistry professor Gary Eiceman has just released the long-awaited second edition of "Ion Mobility Spectrometry," providing a one-stop read on the history, science and technology of IMS in a single volume.

NMSU chemistry professor Gary Eiceman has just released the second edition of "Ion Mobility Spectrometry." (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

IMS is an analytical science field growing in importance because of its usefulness in the war on terror. It can help detect dangerous substances such as chemical and biological weapons. In fact, IMS-based technology already is at work in homeland security, in the space program and in military applications. There is IMS capability on board the space station MIR. It is used to screen baggage for explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration uses it to screen for narcotics.

With an ever increasing demand for rapid detection of explosives, chemical and biological warfare agents and narcotics, the IMS science has been refined over the past decade in technological advancements and in the basic understanding of the chemistry involved, Eiceman said.

The broadening application possibilities for IMS are easily understood. Already there have been two major terrorist attacks on underground transportation systems in which some type of explosive or chemical detection system might have prevented loss of life.

In Tokyo, sarin gas killed 12 and exposed as many as 6,000 commuters to the deadly chemical. In London, the recent subway and bus bombings killed more than 50 and wounded hundreds.

Even as the war on terror continues to increase demand for this type of technology, other applications are being developed in the environmental, medical and aerospace field, Eiceman said.

With his first edition sold out and repeated requests rapidly depleting his private stock, Eiceman decided to update the book and create a more complete IMS picture for the science literature.

The new book is divided into three sections. The first contains a history of developments, principles and theories that govern IMS. The second focuses on technology. The final section emphasizes the rapidly developing applications for the field.

The book includes a CD that contains spectral libraries and schematics for electronics for power supplies, bibliographies and drawings of drift tube components. Published by Taylor & Francis CRC Press, it is available at BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com. The listed price is $159.95.