Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

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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Balog J, Perenyi D, Guallar-Hoyas C, et al., 2016, Identification of the Species of Origin for Meat Products by Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Vol:64, ISSN:0021-8561, Pages:4793-4800

Ashton S, Song YH, Nolan J, et al., 2016, Aurora kinase inhibitor nanoparticles target tumors with favorable therapeutic index in vivo, Science Translational Medicine, Vol:8, ISSN:1946-6242

Tillner J, McKenzie JS, Jones EA, et al., 2016, Investigation of the Impact of Desorption Electrospray Ionization Sprayer Geometry on Its Performance in Imaging of Biological Tissue., Analytical Chemistry, Vol:88, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:4808-4816

Lund-Palau H, Turnbull AR, Bush A, et al., 2016, Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in cystic fibrosis: pathophysiological mechanisms and therapeutic approaches, Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, Vol:10, ISSN:1747-6348, Pages:685-697

Abbassi-Ghadi N, Golf O, Kumar S, et al., 2016, Imaging of Esophageal Lymph Node Metastases by Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry., Cancer Res

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