- B.S., St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, 2001
- Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 2006
Research Interests/Current Projects
I currently serve as the Analytical Scientist and Laboratory Manager of the Materials Science Center at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. I conduct independent and collaborative research in high resolution - inductively coupled plasma – mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS). This ultratrace elemental analysis tool is often used for geological, environmental, and industrial applications. I also manage the projects involving private sector partners of the Materials Science Center (MSC). This work involves novel method development and problem solving. I engage in community and private sector outreach for the Materials Science Center through speaking engagements, tours, and other activities.
J. W. Ferguson, T. J. Dudley, K. C. Sears, S. McIntyre, M. S. Gordon, and R. S. Houk, Polyatomic Ions in Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry, Part II: Origins of N2H+ and HxCO+ Ions Using Experimental Measurements Combined with Calculated Energies and Structures, Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy (2009) 690-696. DOI: 10.1016/j.sab.2009.06.008
K. C. Sears, J. W. Ferguson, T. J. Dudley, R. S. Houk, and M. S. Gordon, Theoretical Investigation of Small Polyatomic Ions Observed in Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry: HxCO+ and HxN2+ (x=1,2,3), Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2008) 2610-2617. DOI: 10.1021/jp077209k
J. W. Ferguson and R. S. Houk, High resolution studies of the origins of polyatomic ions in inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, Part I. Identification methods and effects of neutral gas density assumptions, extraction voltage, and cone material, Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 61 (2006) 905-915. DOI: 10.1016/j.sab.2006.07.001