Alan George Marshall, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Founding Director and Chief Scientist of the Ion Cyclotron Resonance (ICR) Program
Florida State University
8 U.S. patents
Alan Marshall is a professor of chemistry and founding director and chief scientist of the Ion Cyclotron Resonance (ICR) Program at Florida State University, which has attracted $50M in grant support to Florida. He co-invented and leads continuing development of the Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry, which aids in the study of molecular structure and the composition of cells.
Marshall holds 8 U.S. patents and his inventions created an entirely new arena of discovery in a broad range of fields, from petroleum analysis to biomedicine. His original patents spawned the first commercial instrument (Nicolet Instrument Corp.) and subsequent FT-ICR instruments from other companies, with more than 800 FT-ICR instruments installed worldwide.