As large and diverse a task as this could not have been accomplished without the editorial overview of David Sarro who has been responsible for consistency in my writing for many years. Hilary Major provided insights and helped resolve technical questions on a variety of topics. GC and GCMS contributions by Doug Stevens and the many insights to practical LCMS by John Van Antwerp are also greatly appreciated.

Michael BaloghMichael Balogh is principal scientist in MS Technology Development at Waters Corporation. He has held the position of adjunct professor and visiting scientist at Roger Williams University and has been a reviewer for grant proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF). His current interests involve improvements in atmospheric source design and multi-mode ionization for mass spectrometry, an area where he has developed patented technology. From 1995 -2004 Michael was chair and co-organizer of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) interests for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS). His work over the past 20 years has appeared in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Journal of Chromatography, Analytical Chemistry, LCGC, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry among others. He has taught courses in LC/MS fundamentals and practice and provides a column, MS – The Practical Art, which appears regularly in LCGC both in North America, Europe and Asia and is on their scientific advisory board. He is also co-founder and currently president of the Society for Small Molecule Science which organizes the Conference on Small Molecule Science (

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