Learn more about the history of FAIMS/DMS

Published on 08 Nov 12

Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry (FAIMS) technology (AKA Differential Mobility Spectrometry, DMS) is a powerful tool for the separation and detection of gas phase ions. It can be used as a pre-mass spec ion separation technique and is increasingly being utilized in proteomics, metabolomics and other research fields.

In his section in the recently released ebook “Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry - The Next 5 Years” Prof. Erkinjon Nazarov (Draper Laboratory Bioengineering Center at USF) details the history of FAIMS technology starting from its initial development in the then USSR in the 1980s (a process that Prof. Nazarov was himself involved) up to the most recent commercially developed instruments from companies such as Owlstone Inc. (Figure 1).

FAIMS-DMS history graph

Figure 1. Historical diagram of the conception, development and migration of DMS/FAIMS technology: planar geometry (green) and coaxial cell design (pink).

To learn more about the history of FAIMS and how Prof. Nazarov and other top researchers currently use ion mobility spectrometry and how they expect to use them in the future download the free ebook “Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry - The Next 5 Years”.