Short Course


  • Brian H. Clowers, Ph.D. — Washington State University

  • Maggie Tam, Ph.D. — Canada Border Services Agency

The Short Course for ISIMS 2022 will be held on the Saturday and Sunday before the start of the conference. The syllabus, learning objectives and tentative schedule are listed below. For further information, please contact Prof. Brian Clowers at brian.clowers AT
The short course is suitable for individuals with varying levels of IMS experience, including those who are new to the IMS field. All efforts will be made to accommodate the interests of the attendees with topics ranging from IMS fundamentals to a wide array of applications. In addition to the practical perspectives provided during the course, a unique aspect of the experience is the inclusion of hands-on exercises. Students will have the opportunity to assemble an IMS drift cell.
Dates and Location

Saturday, July 23 and Sunday July 24, 2022; the Peabody Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

  • History of Ion Mobility Spectrometry

  • Operating Principles of Ion Mobility Spectrometry

  • Applications of Ion Mobility Spectrometry

  • Master Class: Practical Approaches and Historical Perspectives – In addition to a detailed presentation on the relevant components of an IMS systems, modes of construction, and related design considerations, the Master Class will include physical examples of complete drift cells constructed at Washington State University. Students will also have the opportunity to assemble a drift cell using instructor-provided materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the principles and operation of linear gradient ion mobility, differential mobility spectrometry, aspirator and dynamic field instruments

  • Describe and specify the instrument attributes associated with hyphenated mobility systems

  • Describe components of an IMS and their importance in relation to the performance of the IMS system.