Paul Mayer


Paul Mayer
Full Professor

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Paul M. Mayer


Dr. Mayer’s research is in gas-phase ion chemistry. We study the mechanisms, kinetics, thermodynamics and dynamics of the unimolecular reactions of small gas-phase ions. We use a combination of tandem mass spectrometry, collision-spectroscopy, photoelectron-photo ion coincidence spectroscopy (at a synchrotron in the UK) and high-level theory to explore the unique aspects of the chemistry of species related to atmospheric chemistry, combustion chemistry and the interstellar environment. We also have projects in environmental and polymer analytical chemistry.

Selected publications
  • Mayer, P.M., Guest, M.F., Cooper, L., Shpinkova, L.G., Rennie, E.E., Holland, D.M.P., Shaw, D.A. Long bonds and short barriers: Ionization and isomerization of alkyl nitriles. J. Phys. Chem. 114, 867-878, 2010
  • Mayer, P.M., Poon, C. The mechanisms of collisional activation of ions in mass spectrometry. Mass Spec. Rev. 28, 608-639, 2009
  • Alhazmi, A.M., Mayer, P.M. Protonating Polymer Oligomers in the Gas Phase to Change Fragmentation Pathways. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 20, 60-66, 2009
  • Poon, C., Mayer, P.M. Should a Franck-Gondon or a curve crossing picture be applied to ion-target collisional activation? A study of keV CO2+./He collisions by emission spectroscopy. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 19, 1551-1558, 2008
  • Boulanger, A.-M., Rennie, E.E., Holland, D.M.P., Shaw, D.A., Mayer, P.M. The thermochemistry of small NN containing ions from methyl-substituted hydrazine ions: A TPEPICO and ab initio study. J. Phys. Chem A. 112, 866-879, 2008

Fields of Interest

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Gas phase ion chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry mass spectrometry
  • Gas-phase ion chemistry
  • Chemical kinetics
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