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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Steven RT, Niehaus M, Taylor AJ, et al., 2022, Atmospheric-Pressure Infrared Laser-Ablation Plasma- Postionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) and Fresh-Frozen Tissue Sections with No Sample Preparation, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:94, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:9970-9974

Wu V, Tillner J, Jones E, et al., 2022, High resolution ambient MS imaging of biological samples by desorption electro-flow focussing ionization, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:94, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:10035-10044

Inglese P, Huang HX, Wu V, et al., 2022, Mass recalibration for desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry imaging using endogenous reference ions, Bmc Bioinformatics, Vol:23, ISSN:1471-2105, Pages:1-17

Strittmatter N, Richards FM, Race AM, et al., 2022, Method To Visualize the Intratumor Distribution and Impact of Gemcitabine in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma by Multimodal Imaging, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:94, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:1795-1803

Strittmatter N, Kanvatirth P, Inglese P, et al., 2021, Holistic characterization of a salmonella typhimurium infection model using integrated molecular imaging., Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Vol:32, ISSN:1044-0305, Pages:2791-2802

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