Introduction to a Special Issue on Regulatory Applications of Portable Tools and Methods to Monitor Toxic Substances in Consumer Products



XRF, CDx, MS, IMS, Raman


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Author Biography

Pete Palmer, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, San Francisco State University

Pete Palmer received a B.S. in Chemistry from Canisius Collegeand a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. After graduation, he worked in the Corporate Research Division of Proctor & Gamble designing and developing laboratory robotics systems, and at NASA Ames Research Center where he led efforts to apply Mass Spectrometry to life support, atmospheric, and ecosystems monitoring applications. Pete is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at San Francisco State University (SFSU), Co-Director of SFSU’s Mass Spectrometry Facility, and Science Advisor for the FDA. His research interests focus on the development, characterization, and application of highly automated instrumentation for trace chemical analysis. Some of his applications to date include the development of Direct Sampling Mass Spectrometry and Solid Phase Microextraction GC/MS methods for life support and air quality monitoring, development of the first Proton Transfer Reaction Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer for monitoring volatile organic compounds in air, numerous case studies on the determination of pesticide contamination on Native American artifacts, and pioneering the use of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry for rapid screening of toxic elements in consumer products. Pete received the Jefferson Award in 2005 for community service in applying chemical analysis to serve the public interest.  


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2022-05-22 — Updated on 2022-05-26