Hilkka I. Kenttämaa
Title: Professor

Research Interests:

Organic Mass Spectrometry, Gas-Phase Ion Chemistry, Organic Reaction Intermediates.


B.S., 1977, Helsinki University, Finland
M.S., 1978, Helsinki University, Finland
Ph.Lic. (Licenciate of Philosophy), 1981, Helsinki University, Finland
Ph.D., 1986, Helsinki University, Finland

Research Scientist, Helsinki University, Finland, 1978-1986
Research Scientist, The Academy of Finland, 1981-1985
Postdoctoral Fellow, Purdue University, 1986
Assistant Research Scientist, Purdue University, 1987-1989
Dosentti (Special University Lecturer), Helsinki University, Finland, 1989-Present
Assistant Professor, Purdue University, 1989-1994
Associate Professor, Purdue University, 1994-1999
Full Professor, Purdue University, 1999-Present

Fellowship of the Academy of Finland, 1981-1985
Gustaf Komppa Award of the Finnish Chemical Society for the best Chemistry Ph.D. Thesis in Finland, 1985
Award of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry for a Young Academic Mass Spectroscopist, 1999
Young Faculty Award of Eli Lilly and Company, 1992
University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, 2001-2006
Member, The Finnish Academy of Science, 2004-

Current Work and Activities:
Mechanistic, kinetic and thermochemical studies are carried out on reaction intermediates that are important for example in organic and inorganic synthesis, carcinogenesis, and the action of antitumor drugs; e.g., radical cations, radicals, borocations, carbene ions, and phosphorus and antimony cations. Theoretical methods are used to complement experiments carried out using Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. New strategies are developed for the synthesis and study of interesting ions inside the mass spectrometer. Multiple-stage tandem mass spectrometry experiments are being developed for selective ionization and structural characterization of polyfunctional organic compounds, including amino acids, peptides, and sugars. The possibility to use functional group selective ion-molecule reactions in mass spectrometric analysis of organic compounds is being explored.

Kenttämaa Labs 03/01/2009