Industrial Analytical Science Award 2014 Winner

Dr Kevin Giles
Dr Kevin Giles
Waters Corporation

For his original and innovative contributions to the specific area of ion mobility mass spectrometry that have benefitted many areas of science including biomedicine, structural biology, diagnostics and environmental analysis.

About the Winner

Kevin Giles attended Kennet Comprehensive School in Thatcham and went on to study Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, UK.  In 1986 he graduated with honours and subsequently embarked on a PhD on experimental investigations into gas-phase ion chemistry of relevance to the interstellar medium at the same university.  He obtained his PhD in 1990 and then spent two years as a post-doctoral research associate at Montana State University developing a hyphenated ion mobility-mass spectrometer system for investigation of gas phase ion molecule reactions at atmospheric pressure.  

In 1992 Kevin joined VG Biotech in Manchester, UK as a development scientist, and was involved in enhancing performance and implementing new technologies of the single and tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry product range.  From 1995 to 1998 he worked as a Senior Scientific Officer at the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, UK and undertook research into ion mobility and mass spectrometric approaches to chemical and biological warfare agent detection. 

From 1998 to the present, he has worked for Waters Corporation in Manchester, UK, where he has been involved in the research and development of many aspects of Waters mass spectrometry systems.  These MS systems are used in a diverse range of applications including; environmental, medical, food safety, biochemical, pharmaceutical and proteomics.  

Kevin's particular interest has been the development and application of ion guide technology, which ultimately resulted in the generation of a new type of ion mobility separator based on travelling voltage waves which was first implemented into a commercial quadrupole/orthogonal-acceleration time-of-flight instrument in 2006.  

During his career, he has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has more than 30 granted patents.

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