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Short Course on IMS and IMS-MS


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

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

  • Ansgar T. Kirk, Dr.-Ing  — ACKISION

  • Alexander Haack — Leibniz University Hannover

  • Francisco Fernández-Lima — Florida International University

The Short Course for ISIMS 2024 will be held on the Saturday and Sunday July 20—21, 2024. The syllabus and learning objectives are listed below. For further information, please contact Professor Brian Clowers at brian.clowers AT

The in-person short course is suitable for individuals with varying levels of experience including those who are new to the 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, including detection and structural identification of molecules. Lectures covered various forms of IMS (e.g., drift tube IMS, DMS, TWIMS, TIMS, cyclic IMS, AIMS), stand-alone IMS instrument and tandem systems (e.g., coupled to chromatograph and mass spectrometer). The short course also includes the popular hands-on training with IMS instruments!

Dates and Location

  • Dates: Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21, 2024

  • Location: Academic Health Center 4, Florida International University

  • Transportation will be provided to bring short course participants to and from the Holiday Inn Miami Beach-Oceanfront.


  • History and operating principles of IMS

  • Ionization sources and ion chemistry

  • Collisional theory and measuring mobility

  • Different types of IMS and tandem IMS systems, including IMS-MS

  • Applications

  • Hands-on instrument demonstration

Learning Objectives

  • After attending the short course, students will be familiar with:

  • Principles and operation of linear gradient ion mobility, differential mobility spectrometry, aspirator and dynamic field instruments

  • Instrument attributes associated with hyphenated mobility systems

  • Components of an IMS and their importance in relation to the performance of the IMS system

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