From physical chemistry to mass spectrometry to government lab manager in half a century

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Journal titleMass Spectrometry Reviews
Pages272310; # of pages: 39
SubjectCarbon; Chemical bonds; Glass manufacture; Machine shops; Magnetohydrodynamics; Mass spectrometry; Physical chemistry; Research laboratories; Spectrometry; Analytical applications; Carbon-iodine bonds; Different stages; Glass-blowing; Open cycles; Power generation projects; Rapid communication; Tandem mass spectrometry; Chemical analysis
AbstractRobert Boyd pens down his journey and achievements from different stages of his career. In the initial days of his student life, he was attracted towards physical chemistry. He did his Ph.D work with Charles Horrex, and under his direction, managed to acquire some degree of skill in glass-blowing, Electronics, and machine shop, in order to construct his apparatus. His research project involved extension of an earlier student's work on a method of estimating carbon-iodine bond energies through study of pyrolysis of the organic iodides in excess HI. He had his first brush with mass spectrometry during his Ph.D. years. In 1964, he came to Ottawa to take up a job in the research laboratories of the British Electricity Board, then a publicly-owned utility located in Surrey in the south of England. He was involved in the open-cycle magnetohydrodynamics power generation project. His involvement with the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry as an erstwhile Assistant Editor became much more intense in 1997 when he agreed to take over as Editor-in-Chief from John Beynon.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Institute for National Measurement Standards
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NPARC number21277489
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