Current research focuses on ambient surface analysis and ionization mechanisms involving the solvent-air interface and further development of ambient ionization mass spectrometry.

I received my Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. For my PhD thesis we developed a nationally acclaimed Comprehensive Multidimensional Supercritical Fluid and Gas Chromatograph (SFCxGC). In 2005 I joined Dr. R.Graham Cooks as a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. At Purdue I investigated fundamentals of desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and other ionization methods. Since 2008, I have been an assistant professor at Western Michigan University where my research in ambient desorption ionization and atmospheric pressure ionization mechanisms continues.


Andre Venter


Hops Analysis

Spray Swab / SDC

Protein Ionization MS

DESI / Ambient MS


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