Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Professor of Analytical Chemistry



+44 (0)20 7594 2760z.takats




Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor Takats has obtained his PhD from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He has worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. After returning to Hungary, he served as Director of Cell Screen Research Centre and also as Head of Newborn Screening and Metabolic Diagnostic Laboratory at Semmelweis University, Budapest.

Professor Takats was awarded the Starting Grant by the European Research Council in 2008 and he subsequently, became a Junior Research Group Leader at Justus Liebig University, Gießen, Germany.  He moved to the United Kingdom in 2012 and currently works as a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Imperial College London.

Professor Takats has pursued pioneering research in mass spectrometry and he is one of the founders of the field of ‘Ambient Mass Spectrometry’. He is the primary inventor of six mass spectrometric ionization techniques and author of 78 peer reviewed publications. He was the recipient of the prestigious Mattauch-Herzog Award of the German Mass Spectrometry Society and the Hungarian Star Award for Outstanding Innovators. He is the founder of Prosolia Inc, Medimass Ltd and Massprom Ltd, all companies pursuing analytical and medical device development. 

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Tzafetas M, Mitra A, Paraskevaidi M, et al., The intelligent-Knife (i-Knife) and its intraoperative diagnostic advantage for the treatment of cervical disease., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of Usa, ISSN:0027-8424

Gowers G-OF, Cameron SJS, Perdones-Montero A, et al., 2019, Off-colony screening of biosynthetic libraries by rapid laser-enabled mass spectrometry, Acs Synthetic Biology, Vol:8, ISSN:2161-5063, Pages:2566-2575

Cameron SJS, Alexander JL, Bolt F, et al., 2019, Evaluation of Direct from Sample Metabolomics of Human Feces Using Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:91, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:13448-13457

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Mason S, Manoli E, Poynter L, et al., 2019, Mass spectrometry transanal minimally invasive surgery (MS-TAMIS) to promote organ preservation in rectal cancer, Surgical Endoscopy: Surgical and Interventional Techniques, ISSN:0930-2794

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