V. Wolfgang Paul & Plenary Speakers

Vicki Wysocki
Vicki Wysocki received her BS in Chemistry at Western Kentucky University in 1982 and her PhD in Chemistry at Purdue University in 1987. After doing postdoctoral work at Purdue and at the Naval Research Laboratory, she joined Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor in 1990. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. Vicki joined the University of Arizona in 1996 and was promoted to Professor in 2000. Most recently she was Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona. Vicki joined OSU in August 2012 as an Ohio Eminent Scholar.

Anton Wallner
Assoc. Professor Anton Wallner received his Ph.D. in Experimental Physics in 2000 from the University of Vienna. He was postdoctoral fellow 2000-2003 at the Technical University (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich (LMU), and from 2003-2010 research scientist at the Institute for Isotope Research and Nuclear Physics, University of Vienna. 2010 he moved to Australia, taking up a position as Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Environmental Research, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and joined 2011 the Australian National University (ANU, Canberra) as a staff scientist. Wallner is Senior Fellow and Assoc. Professor at the Research School of Physics and Engineering. Since 2014 he is AMS (Accelerator Mass Spectrometry) group leader at the Department of Nuclear Physics, ANU.

Joseph A. Loo
Joseph A. Loo is a Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine, and in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research interests include analytical chemistry, the mass spectrometry characterization of peptides and proteins and post-translational modifications, and their application for proteomics and disease biomarkers. Dr. Loo received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Cornell University. He carried out research as a post-doctoral fellow, and later as a Senior Scientist, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA). He is the author of over 300 scientific publications. He is on the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals, and currently he is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

Klaus Wendt
Prof. Klaus Wendt studied physics at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, where he got attracted by laser physics and quantum optics. After his diploma in 1981 he went to CERN to do a PhD on the study of nuclear structure by laser spectroscopy at the radioactive ion beam facility ISOLDE. After graduation he stayed there as CERN fellow up to 1986. Returned back to Mainz University, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and its consequences made him establish a research group working on ultra-trace isotope determination using laser mass spectrometric techniques. Today he is professor and group leader in the field of laser resonance ionization spectroscopy and its applications. In addition, he strongly addresses teacher education and physics didactics aspects.

Silke Merchel
Silke Merchel received her diploma in chemistry and PhD at the University of Cologne. After Post-Doc positions at the Max-Planck-Institute for Cosmochemistry in Mainz and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin, she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the CNRS institute CEREGE (Aix-en-Provence, France). She is an expert on using “big machines” like particle accelerators, neutron reactors and synchrotron facilities for analytical purposes. Since 2008, she is working at the Dresden Accelerator Mass Spectrometry facility at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. Her scientific interest is in improving (radio-) chemical separation and AMS measurements for producing better radionuclide data used for Earth and Planetary Research such as astrophysics, climate and ocean sciences, cosmochemistry and geomorphology.

Ulrich Boesl
Diploma in physics in 1973; doctorate at the TUM in 1978; research scholarship at the physics department Stanford in 1982/1983; scientific employee at TUM from 1984 on; habilitation at TUM 1988; Mattauch-Herzog award in 1992; apl professorship at TUM since 1999; visiting professor at the Anhui-Institute / China since1999. Since 1988 projects on the development of new mass spectrometric methods and on fast analytical detection techniques of traces of air pollutants, e.g. from combustion engines; since 1994 research projects on mass-selective laser spectroscopy of molecules, molecular cations and anions; since 2005 research projects on the combination of laser mass spectrometry and circular dichroism; ERC-advanced grant „Asymmetric Cluster Catalysis & Chemistry“ together with U. Heiz 2010 – 2015.