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Dr. Paul Gaines

Paul Gaines, Ph.D. / CEO, Senior Technical Director

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.

Dr. Brian Alexander

Brian Alexander, Ph.D. / Vice President, Technical Operations

Dr. Brian Alexander is an earth scientist specializing in geochemistry. His research has focused on radiogenic  isotope and rare earth element studies of natural waters and chemical sediments, as well as trace metal analyses using ICP techniques. A native of southwest Virginia, Brian received his B.Sc. in geology from Virginia  Tech, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in geochemistry from Penn State and Jacobs University Bremen,respectively.

Dr. Lesley Owens

Lesley Owens, Ph.D. / Senior Research Chemist

Dr. Lesley Owens is an analytical chemist with research specialties including chromium speciation, environmental sample design, elemental spectroscopy, and metal contamination in food products. Dr. Owens graduated from Emory & Henry with a B.S. in Chemistry, and a minor in Mathematics. Owens, a Cunningham Fellow, received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

James King

James King, M.Sc. / Chemist, Technical Manager

James King is an inorganic chemist with experience in synthesis and purification. His research has focused on the synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds to be used as molecular magnets. A native of Hampton, Virginia, James received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and Virginia Tech, respectively.

Thomas Kozikowski

Thomas Kozikowski / Chemist, R&D

Thomas Kozikowski is a chemist with expertise in the manufacturing, quality control, technical support, stability, and homogeneity of inorganic metals standards. His experience covers many areas including reagent synthesis and purification, trace metals analysis using ICP techniques, transpiration studies, and container cleanliness. Thomas has a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a B.S. degree in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michael Booth

Michael Booth - Chemist, Quality Control

Mike Booth is a chemist with expertise in quality control and instrumentation. His experience covers areas including ICP-OES, ICP-MS, Ion Chromatography and various titration techniques. Today Mr. Booth is a Quality Control Supervisor at Inorganic Ventures.