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Short Course


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

  • Alexander Haack, Ph.D. — University of Waterloo | Leibniz University Hannover

  • Fanny Caroline Liu, Ph.D. – Florida State University

  • Maggie Tam, Ph.D. — International Society for Ion Mobility Spectrometry

The Short Course for ISIMS 2023 will be held on the Saturday and Sunday (August 19—20, 2023) before the start of the conference. The syllabus and learning objectives 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. 

Dates and Location

Date and time: Saturday, August 19 (approx. 9 am to 5 pm) and Sunday August 20, 2023 (approx. 9 am to 2:30 pm)

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Maastricht, the Netherlands



  • History and operating principles of IMS

  • Ionization sources and ion chemistry

  • Collisional theory and measuring mobility

  • Different types of IMS and IMS-MS

  • Applications of IMS and IMS-MS

  • Master Class: Trapped Ion Mobility Spectrometry (TIMS) 

  • Hands-on instrument demonstration is back by popular demand, with stand-alone and tandem IMS systems!

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

Downloadable short course schedule.

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