Welcome Address from the Chairman of the 58th ACMS and 1st AOMSC
Dear Colleagues,
1 December 2009
  The future of mass spectrometry has always been bright. Since the 19th century, mass spectrometry has played key roles in scientific discoveries, inventions and innovations. Mass spectrometry has always been an indispensable tool in modern science and technology, and is a unique research field where there are still plenty of opportunities to discover new principles that may lead us to new instrumentation in the future.

  The roots of mass spectrometry can be traced back to the 19th century. Originally, the method was devised to examine the nature of ionic species and electrical phenomena in gases. The great originator of mass spectrometry, J. J. Thomson, who discovered the electron and constructed the first mass spectrograph, was an advocator of mass spectrometry as a great method for the chemical analysis of trace substances. Modern mass spectrometry has inherited the idea of J. J. Thomson, to "explore the chemical substances based on the differences in the values of mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) of ions". The basis of modern ion mobility and ambient ionization methods have been established in the late 19th century along with the discovery of X-ray and cathode/anode-rays. However, "discharge", one of the most classical ionization devices and commonly used in the latest instruments as well, is a very complex phenomenon that even today is very difficult to fully explain. The field of mass spectrometry is full of such unknown phenomena, in other words, there are many seeds for innovation.

  The 58th Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry (ACMS 2010) in Tsukuba, Japan will be held jointly with the 1st Asian and Oceanic Mass Spectrometry Conference. Colleagues in the field of mass spectrometry, please join us. Let us meet in Tsukuba and add a new page to the glorious history of mass spectrometry, together. We look forward to meeting you all in Tsukuba, Japan, in June 2010.
Mitsuo Takayama, Ph.D.
Chairman of the 58th Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry
and the 1st Asian and Oceanic Mass Spectrometry Conference

Copyright (C) 1998 - 2010 The Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan