March 1-5, 2025
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

James L. Waters Symposium

James L. Waters Symposium
History and Development of SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry)

The 2023 Waters Symposium is focused upon the history and development of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The discovery of SIMS actually dates back over a hundred years to the laboratory of J.J. Thomson in Cambridge, England where Thomson observed the emission of particles after the bombardment of surfaces. This Symposium will provide historical perspective regarding how the technique has advanced from those early days to the current time. Topics include the invention of the ion microscope and microprobe, which opened the technique to mass spectrometry imaging, the implementation of time-of-flight techniques which allowed routine detection of intact molecules, to the discovery of giant cluster ion sources which open up 3-dimensional imaging with a greatly expanded mass range.
Symposium Details

Monday, March 20, 2023
1:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Room: 126A

The 34th James L. Waters Symposium will highlight the development, commercial construction, and recent advances in instrumentation and it’s applications.

With this background, the Symposium features a select group of investigators who are defining the future direction of both instrumentation and of novel applications. With these talks, listeners will learn about amazing technical advances in the works which promise to increase measurement speeds by orders of magnitude, and will increase the mass range of SIMS 3-dimensional imaging experiments, with sub-micron spatial resolution and <10 nm depth resolution. Lectures will highlight a variety of stunning applications, ranging from breakthroughs in neuroscience to the chemical characterization of single biological cells and tissue. And significantly, we shall learn that the SIMS technique is poised to impact clinical chemistry through a parallel assay that can reveal dozens of disease states with a single measurement from a single tissue slice. In general, the lectures will highlight how rapidly SIMS is advancing currently, and how far it has come since the early days of J. J. Thomson.
Pittcon is extremely pleased to welcome the following innovators:

Nicholas Winograd, Penn State University
Ron Heeren, Maastricht University
Hua Tian, University of Pittsburgh
Jonathan Sweedler, University of Illinois
Sean C. Bendall, Stanford University School of Medicine

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What is the Waters Symposium?
The annual James L. Waters Symposium is a unique component of Pittcon’s Technical Program. Mr. Waters, founder of Waters Associates, Inc. and President of Waters Business Systems, Inc. proposed in 1987 that the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) offer an annual symposium exploring the origin, development, implementation, and commercialization of scientific instrumentation of established and major significance. The objective of the symposium is to recognize researchers and the development and application of instrumentation by preserving the early, and in some cases, more mature history of the important contributions as well as the cooperation between inventors, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and marketing organizations.




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