Short Course


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

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


The short course for the ISIMS 2020 will be held on the Saturday and Sunday before the start of the conference. The syllabus, learning objectives and tentative schedule are listed below. A detailed outline can be found at For further information, please contact Dr. 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 with modern IMS equipment. Students will have the opportunity to perform actual IMS experiments, followed by a discussion of results and methods of interpretation.


Dates and Location

Saturday, July 18 and Sunday July 19, 2020; the Peabody Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.



  •  History of Ion Mobility Spectrometry

  •  Operating Principles of Ion Mobility Spectrometry

  •  Applications of Ion Mobility Spectrometry

  •  Practical exercises through hands-on demonstrations with commercial IMS systems (TBD).

  •  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 WSU. 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

  • Through practical exercises, analyze and interpret ion mobility spectra; and evaluate the effect of changes in the operational parameters of an ion mobility spectrometry experiment