Call for Abstracts 


The symposium agenda includes scientific poster sessions, oral presentations, and flash talks. We seek abstracts from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and established researchers in the following topic areas:

  • Advanced Ionization Techniques and Instrumentation
  • Native MS-Guided Structural Biology
  • Metabolomics
  • Personalized Nutrition

Submission Instructions

The deadline for abstract submissions is August 19. Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be no later than September 9.

  • Click here to download Abstract Submission Form
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  • Upload the file during registration prior to the abstract submission deadline (August 19, 11:59pm)
  • The file should be saved & sent in the original digital, fillable file format; no printed scans
  • Please contact Laura VanArsdale at 614-688-3240 or vanarsdale.10@osu.edu with questions about abstract submissions.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Title (bold)
  • Authors (presenting author first, underlined)
  • Affiliation (italics)
  • Abstract Body Text: no more than 300 words.
  • We recommend creating your abstract in Word, and then copying & pasting into the form. Your formatting, including subscript, superscript and symbols, should copy into the form.
  • If chosen to present, this section will be published in conference materials.

Additional Information for the Selection Committee (optional)

  • You may use this section to convey innovative aspects of your work to assist the selection committee.
  • This text will not be published in conference materials; it will only be considered by the selection
    committee when choosing oral and poster presentation candidates.

Sample Abstract

Titan’s Tholins: How can we determine the components of organic “Paradise”? An FT-ICR study.

Árpád Somogyi1, Véronique Vuitton2, Roland Thissen2
1Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility, Chemistry Campus Instrumental Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is often described as an “organic paradise”; its atmosphere resembles the early (reductive) atmosphere of Earth. The great success of the Cassini-Huygens mission allowed direct detection of ions and neutrals in Titan’s atmosphere by using the ion-neutral mass spectrometer (INMS) mounted on the Cassini spacecraft. Unfortunately, the “in situ” measurements on Titan have limitations due to limited mass resolution or mass range. Using model reactions and ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometers here on Earth are, currently, the only way to obtain detailed and comprehensive information on ion-molecule processes and their products. Tholins are organic polymers which have a general formula of CxHyNz. More saturated compounds (imines, amines) are detected in the positive mode, while more unsaturated compounds indicate compounds rich in CN group contribution. These differences can be easily visualized on van Krevelen plots. Many of the CxHyNz polymers can be hydrolyzed with water and/or ammonia/ice water that leads to CxHyNzOn molecules. Hydrolysis kinetics measured from Arrhenius activation energies have been determined indicating that oxygen incorporation can occur in a 3,000-10,000-year time frame even at around 100 K (surface temperature). Our recent study showed that, overall, both ESI and LDI resulted in complex negative ion MS spectra that contains several hundreds of ions in the m/z range of 50-300. LDI produced more CxNz- ions, such as C10N5-, which we assigned as the pentacyanide cyclopentadiene ion that was supported by MS/MS measurements (CID, QCID, SORI, and IRMPD). To our best knowledge this is the first time when the characteristic νCN stretching vibration band was detected for a deprotonated tetracyanide. Quantum chemical calculations predict the formation of small anionneutral complexes that can be considered as “seeds” for larger covalent and/or non-covalent complexes.

Sample Additional Information for the Selection Committee

Laboratory tholin samples were generated in an airtight, recently designed HV ultrahigh vacuum chamber mimicking the atmospheric conditions on Titan (at the altitude of ca. 1,000 km).
The applied experimental techniques (tholin production and ultrahigh resolution FT-ICR) provide detailed insight in the formation and structures of several pre-biotic molecules formed by gas-phase reactions.

Travel Awards

Non-OSU students submitting abstracts can apply for a Travel Award ($100 each) to support their attendance at the conference. To be considered for award, please select “yes” to this question in the abstract submission form. Travel awards will be based on the quality of the abstracts. Students must be registered for the conference and attend in person.