Dr. Paul Gaines has nearly four decades of spectroscopic experience. After earning his Ph.D. in chemistry at Iowa State University, Paul worked in the laboratories of Exxon Research and Engineering and Union Carbide. Today, Paul is the senior technical advisor and CEO of Inorganic Ventures, as well as an accomplished web author of many popular guides and papers for fellow spectroscopists.
Paul's extensive background includes:
- Atomic spectroscopy (ICP-OES, ICP-MS, XRF, flame and GFAA);
- Ion chromatography;
- Micro-elemental analysis;
- And various electrochemical, wet chemical, and separation techniques.
Recognized as an innovator and troubleshooter within the chemical community, Paul continues to design high quality custom standards for the inorganic market. He's currently researching contamination and reliability issues as they pertain to trace elemental analysis.
I was given the task of developing a sample prep method for a unique suds suppressor material that consisted of a silicone sufactant adsorbed onto a silica particle. Inorganic Ventures' Dr. Gaines was very helpful and was willing to spend what I considered significant consultation time with me on the phone, which saved me a bundle of time researching information through other sources. This help was crucial to the method development in the required timing and made my job much easier.