Chris Mayhew


Chris Mayhew is the Director of the Institute for Breath Research at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and Head of the Molecular Physics Group at that University of Birmingham, UK. Over a period of 30 years, he has established a unique suite of instrumentation used for the study of electron attachment and ion-molecule processes.

His applied multidisciplinary research programmes include technological plasma physics and analytical chemistry using soft chemical ionisation techniques, with the latter predominantly focusing on Health Sciences (breath analysis), Atmospheric Chemistry and Homeland Security.

The research taking place at the Institute for Breath Research addresses the many current challenges of applying soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometric techniques for breath analysis, focused on clinical non-invasive diagnosis and for detecting hidden or entrapped people. This research is paving the way for the development of analytical techniques and instrumentation applied to the identification of biomarker patterns specific to a given disease and for determining human presence.

Current Personal Details

Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Director of the Institute for Breath Research University of Innsbruck, Austria
Professor of Molecular Physics, University of Birmingham, UK
Head of Molecular Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham

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