Hilkka I. Kenttämaa
Title: Professor, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Research Interests:

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

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

Professional Experience:
Associate Head, Department of CHemistry, Purdue University, 2003-2004
Head, Analytical Chemistry Division, Purdue University, 2000-2003
Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University, 1999-Present (Analytical/Organic Divisions)
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University, 1994-1999
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University, 1989-1994
Dosentti (External Senior Lecturer), Helsinki University 1989-present
Assistant Research Scientist, Purdue University, 1987-1989 (with Grahm Cooks)
Post Doctoral Research Associate, Purdue University 1986 (with Graham Cooks)
Research Scientist, the Academy of Finland, 1981-1985
(1981-1982 at Helsinki University, 1983-1985 at Purdue University)
Research Scientist, Helsinki University, 1978-1986

Professional Societies:
Finnish Chemical Society
Finnish Mass Spectrometry Society
Finnish Academy of Science
American Society for Mass Spectrometry
American Chemical Society (Analytical Div., Organic Div.)

Awards and Honors:
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 in 1985
1991 Award of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
for a Young Academic Mass Spectroscopist
1992 and 1993 Young Faculty Awards of Eli Lilly and Company
1996 Career Advancement Award, the National Science Foundation
2001-2006 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
Selected for the Finnish Academy of Science (2004 -)
The Provost's Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award (2009)
The Interdisciplinary Award of the College of Science, Purdue University (2010)
A Seed for Success Award (for grants over $1 M), Purdue University (2010)
Leadership Award, College of Science, Purdue University (2013)
2014 Purdue Agriculture TEAM award (C3Bio)
2015 Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award (of ACS) for outstanding achievement in mass spectrometry

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