The pictures and diaporama are now available f final registration and payment : May 12, 2010
Desorption 2010, May 30-June 3, Seillac - S. Della-Negra

This conference aims to work in the very active field of the mass spectrometry of biological molecules. The mechanisms of desorption and more generally the production and identification of ions are in the centre of the subjects tackled to define the most efficient ways of producing intact molecular ions, while obtaining, at the same time, complete information on the studied molecules through a controlled fragmentation. A significant part of this conference is devoted to the recent developments of fundamental research on desorption processes, but it will also deal with the necessary instruments to produce, identify and detect molecular ions and their applications in the very broad fields of biology, surface analysis, astro-chemistry and  imaging.

This type of conference began 32 years ago with a workshop on desorption induced by high energy particles (MeV particles) in Marburg, Germany, in 1978. This international conference is the continuation of the IFOS Symposia held in Münster & Lövanger and of the meetings first  held in Orsay (1980, France) and later in Uppsala (1981, Sweden), College Station (1983, 1984, the USA), Wangerooge (1986, Germany) and Orsay (1988, F). The Interdisciplinary Conference “Desorption XX” workshop started in 1992 (Burg Waldeck, Germany) and brings together chemists, biochemists and physicists as well as other specialists for discussions with a subtle balance between instrumentation, applications and fundamental processes. The informal, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere of these meetings always encouraged extended discussions.

The “Desorption 2010” conference took place in Seillac, near Blois, in the French Renaissance birthplace. Financially supported by the CNRS-IN2P3 and the INC, by the French Mass Spectrometry Society and also by a dozen companies, this interdisciplinary conference brought together 75 people coming from USA, Canada, China and Europe.

Chemists, biochemists, physicists and astrophysicists contributed to a dense program, which covered the very active fields of organic surface analysis and of mass spectrometry, with a fine and difficult balance between instrumentation, fundamental and applied research. The conference surroundings and relaxed atmosphere promoted a lot of interesting scientific discussions.

Although a great number of devices and processes are now mature, new needs have been highlighted as ionic imaging and ambient pressure analysis of biological surfaces to be performed simultaneously if possible. This leads to a revival of the fundamental research on ionic emission and, more generally, on the difficulty of efficient ion production which is necessary to all of these analyses. What could be more exiting than the tissue analysis during a surgery, with new surgical instruments used as probes to discriminate between healthy and cancerous areas and so to limit the excision?

This conference initiated nearly thirty years ago always took part in the progress of this wide multidisciplinary research field, by the extraordinary association of chemists, physicists and biologists.

Finally, let us emphasize the participation of more than 40% young researchers. This major feature of the 2010 edition of Desorption is a strong encouragement for the future, particularly for the next issue to be organized in Giessen (Germany) in 2012, where we are sure to meet again with these young peoble and others.

Local Steering Committee

The local Steering Committee (in formation) should be composed of the following members to ensure the selection of the various treated subjects:

  • mailS. Della-Negra, IPN Orsay, +33 1 6915 7480
  • mailV. Frois, IPN Orsay, +33 1 69 15 77 49
  • mailL. Petizon, IPN Orsay, +33 1 69 15 77 84

  • mailG. Bolbach
    Laboratoire des biomolecules CNRS-UMR7203, Paris, +33 1 44 27 34 09
  • mailA. Brunelle
    ICSN, Gif-sur-Yvette, +33 1 69 82 45 75
  • mailM. Cadène
    Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire du CNRS - UPR 4301, Orleans France, +33 2 38 25 56 24
  • mailM. Caroff
    IGM, Orsay, +33 1 6915 7191
  • mailM. Fallavier
    IPN Lyon, +33 4 7243 10 69
  • mailJ. Chamot-Rooke
    Ecole Polytechnique, DCMR, Palaiseau, +33 1 69 33 48 31
  • mailR. Thissen
    Laboratoire de Planetologie de Grenoble, +33 4 76 63 52 71
International Committee
  • Bob Brown
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Utah State University
    Logan, UT     84322-0300
    Phone: +1 435-797-0545
  • Serge Della-Negra
    Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’Orsay
    91406 Orsay Cedex
    Phone: +33-1-6915 7480
  • Werner Ens
    Physics & Astronomy
    Room 518, Allen building    474-6178
    University Field Station (Delta Marsh) 208 Buller Bldg
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
    Phone: +1 204 474 6178
  • Michael Karas
    Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    Max-von-Laue-Str. 9
    D-60438 Frankfurt
    Phone: +49-69-798 29916
  • Roman A. Zubarev
    Division of Molecular Biometry, Head
    Department of Medicinal Biochemistry & Biophysics
    Karolinska Institutet
    Scheelesväg 2, SE 17177 Stockholm
    phone +46 8 524 87594


IPN Orsay