A Bakarr Kanu, PhD

Assistant Professor

A Bakarr Kanu, PhD

Chemistry
139 F.L. Atkins Annex
(336) 750-3199 (p)
(336) 750-2549 (f)

kanuabb@wssu.edu



Biography


Homemade StandAlone Ion Mobility Spectrometer

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Studies, Washington State University (2007)
  • Ph.D., University of Manchester (2003)
  • M.S., University of Manchester (1999)
  • B.S. (Honors), University of Sierra Leone (1996)

Research and Projects Interests:

  • Instrument Development & Modification (IMS, IMMS, GC-MS, LC-MS, GC-GC-MS)
  • Instrumentation for Biomedical Nanotechnology
  • Sensor Research
  • Biomarkers Identification
  • Method Development & Validation
  • Applications (Homeland Security, Petroleum Chemistry, Forensic Analysis, Pharmaceutical Products Developments, Environmental Analysis, Volatile Organic Compound Analysis, Large Molecules)

Selected Publications:


Kanu, A.B., Brandt, S.D., Williams, M.D., Zhang, N., and Hill Jr., H.H. Analysis of Psychoactive Cathinones & Trypamines by Electrospray Ionization Atmospheric Pressure Ion Mobility Time-of-flight Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, 85 (2013) 8535-8542. Abstract

Kanu, A.B., Thomas, C.L.P. Internally Heated Membrane Interfaced to a Gas Chromatography Flame Ionization Detector. Talanta, 111 (2013) 215-223. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; Bharath S. Kumar; Herbert H. Hill; Micro versus Nano Electrospray Ionization for Ambient Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Int. J Ion Mobil. Spectrom. 15 (2012) 9-20. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; Greg Hampikian; Simon D. Brandt; Herbert H. Hill; Ribonucleotide and Ribonucleoside Determination by Ambient Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Anal. Chim. Acta 658 (2010) 91-97.Abstract

A. B. Kanu; Molly M. Gribb; Herbert H. Hill; Predicting Optimal Resolving Powers for Ambient Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry 80 (2008) 6610-6619. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; P. Dwivedi; M. Tam; L. Matz; and H. H. Hill, Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry (IMMS), Journal of Mass Spectrometry 43 (2008) 1-22. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; Herbert H. Hill; Ion Mobility Spectrometry Detector for Gas Chromatography, Journal of Chromatography A 1177 (2008) 12-27. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; Ching Wu; Herbert H. Hill; Rapid Preseparation of Interferences for Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Anal. Chim. Acta 610: (2008); 125-134. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; and H. H. Hill; Identity Confirmation of Drugs & Explosives in Ion Mobility Spectrometry Using a secondary Drift Gas, Talanta 73: (2007); 692-699. Abstract

Herbert H. Hill; Prabha Dwivedi; A. B. Kanu; Reduction in False Positives Responses for Explosive Detection Using Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry. Bulletin of Laser and Spectroscopy Society of India, Future Trends in Spectroscopy: Application to National Security, Number 14 (2005-2006), published February 2007, 92-103. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; Herbert H. Hill; Molly Gribb; Robert Walters; A Small Subsurface Ion Mobility Spectrometry Sensor for Detecting Environmental Soil-Gas Contaminants, J. Environ. Monitor, 9(1): (2007); 51-60. Abstract

Robert N. Walters; Kevin P. Ryan; Molly M. Gribb; Abu B. Kanu; Herbert H. Hill; A Compact Ion Mobility Spectrometer Sensor for Subsurface Detection of Organic Vapors, Int. J. Ion Mobil. Spectrom. 9(1) (2006) 50-54. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; Herbert H. Hill; Molly M. Gribb; Robert N. Walters; Jerome Imonigie; Kevin P. Ryan; Determining Optimal Resolving Powers for Atmospheric Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Int. J. Ion Mobil. Spectrom. 9(1) (2006) 55-59. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; and C. L. P. Thomas; The Presumptive Detection of Benzene in Water in the Presence of Phenol With an Active Membrane-UV Photo-ionisation Differential Mobility Spectrometer, Analyst, 131(9): (2006); 990-999. Abstract

Dick Sevier; Molly Gribb; Robert Walters; Jerome Imonigie; Kevin Ryan; Abu Bakarr Kanu; Herbert Hill; Feng Hong; Jake Baker; and Sin Ming Loo; An In-Situ Ion Mobility Spectrometer Sensor System for Detecting Gaseous VOCs in the Vadose Zone, Geotechnical Special Publication (Unsaturated Soils 2006), 1(147): (2006); 225-234. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; P. H. Haigh; and H. H. Hill; Surface Detection of Chemical Warfare Agent Simulants and Degradation Products, Analytica Chimica Acta, 553: (2005); 148-159. Abstract

N. D. Rezgui; A. B. Kanu; K. Waters, B. Grant, A. J. Reader; and C. L. P. Thomas; Separation and Preconcentration Phenomena in Internally Heated Poly(dimethylsilicone) Capillaries; Preliminary Modelling and Demonstration Studies, Analyst, 130: (2005); 755-762. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; and H. H. Hill; Recent Developments and Novel Applications in Ion Mobility Spectrometry; Lab Plus International, Vol. 18(2), April/May 2004, 20-26 (Invited). Abstract

A. B. Kanu; and C. L. P. Thomas; Analysis of Trichlorobenzene in Surface Waters by Differential Mobility Spectrometry; IJIMS 6(1): (2003); 15-20. Abstract

A. B. Kanu; M. Dixon; Y. Yin Zu; J. M. Gillies; J. Zweit; C. L. P. Thomas; Rapid Screening of 2-[18F]-Fluoro-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose Infusions for Volatile Organic Compound Contaminants by Solid Phase Microextraction with Gas Chromatography – Selective Ion Monitoring Mass Spectrometry; Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 58: (2003); 193-200. Abstract

C. L. P. Thomas; N. D. Rezgui; A. B. Kanu; W. A. Munro; Measuring the Temperature of the Drift Gas in an Ion Mobility Spectrometry: A technical note; IJIMS 5(1): (2000); 1-6. Abstract

Additional Information:

  • Presentations
  • Summer Events
  • Teaching
  • Affliations
  • IMS/IMMS Groups
  • National Security
  • IMS Companies





  • A. Bakarr Kanu; Developments in Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, Department of Chemistry, Wake Forest University, February 6, 2013, Winston Salem, NC, USA.

    A Bakarr Kanu; Simon D Brandt; Mike Williams; Nancy Zhang; Herbert H. Hill; Analysis of Psychoactive Cathinones and Tryptamines by Electrospray Ionization Atmospheric Pressure Ion Mobility Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry; SERMACS 2012 Annual Meeting, 14-17 November 2012, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh NC.

    A. Bakarr Kanu; Interfacing Ion Mobility Spectrometer to Other Instruments, Department of Chemistry, Austin Peay State University, April 13, 2012, Clarksville, TN, USA.

    A. Bakarr Kanu; Interfacing Ion Mobility Spectrometer to Other Instruments, Department of Chemistry, Winston-Salem State University, April 9, 2012, Winston Salem, NC, USA.

    A. Bakarr Kanu; Introduction to Arson & Explosives in Forensic Science, Department of Chemistry, Mansfield University, March 1, 2012, Mansfield, PA, USA.

    A. B. Kanu; Tandem Techniques for Ion Mobility Spectrometry: Applications for Forensic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Southeast Missouri State University, December 16, 2010, Cape Girardeau, MO, USA.

    A. B. Kanu; Tandem Techniques for Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Department of Natural Sciences, Fayetteville State University, February 17, 2010, Fayetteville, NC, USA.

    A. B. Kanu; Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, 2008 Southwest NOBCChE Regional Meeting, Texas Southern University, October 24-25, 2008, Houston, TX, USA.

    A. B. Kanu; Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, Department of Mathematics Colloquium, Prairie View A&M University, October 22, 2008, Prairie View, TX, USA.

    Herbert H. Hill; Maggie Tam; Bharath Kumar; Prabha Dwivedi; A. B. Kanu; Detection of Explosives in Liquids by Electrospray Ion Mobility Spectrometry, 58th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry & Applied Spectroscopy, February 2007, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    A. B. Kanu; Herbert H. Hill; Molly Gribb; Robert Walters; Jerome Imonigie; Kevin Ryan; Determining Optimal Resolving Powers for Atmospheric Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometry, 15th International Conference on Ion Mobility Spectrometry (ISIMS), July 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

    A. B. Kanu; Herbert H. Hill; Molly Gribb; Robert Walters; Jerome Imonigie; Kevin Ryan; Evaluation of Resolving Powers for Atmospheric Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometry, 54th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry, Seattle, WA, May 2006.

    A. B. Kanu; Roberto Fernandez, P. Dwivedi; H. H. Hill; Fast Qualitative Determination of Over-the-Counter Drugs and Cosmetics, 54th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry, Seattle, WA, May 2006.

    H. H. Hill; P. Dwivedi; A. B. Kanu; Reduction in False Positives Responses for Explosive Detection Using Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, First Indo-US Workshop on Spectroscopy, Future Trends in Spectroscopy: Application to National Security, Varanasi, India, January 2006.

    H. H. Hill; A. B. Kanu; P. Dwivedi; W. E. Steiner; Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry for Explosives and Drugs Detection, 2005 Gordon Research Conference (GRC), August 2005, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

    A. B. Kanu; H. H. Hill; Drift Gas Selectivity with Thermal Desorption Ion Mobility Spectrometry, 2005 GRC Conference, August 2005, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

    A. B. Kanu; C. Wu; H. H. Hill; Rapid Pre-Separation for Elimination of False Positive Interferences from Drugs, Explosives and Chemical Warfare Agents in Ion Mobility Spectrometry, 2005 GRC Conference, August 2005, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

    A. B. Kanu; Ion Mobility Spectrometry Applications, Mass Spectrometry Mini Symposium Organized by Dr Fiehn’s Group, April 2005, UC Davis Genome Centre, Davis, CA.

    A. B. Kanu; P. H. Haigh; and H. H. Hill; Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometry Applications, 13thInternational Conference on Ion Mobility Spectrometry (ISIMS), July 2004, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA.

    Paul Thomas; A. B. Kanu; and Nacer Rezgui; Temperature Programmable Membrane Interfaces for Ion Mobility Spectrometry, 13th International Conference on Ion Mobility Spectrometry (ISIMS), July 2004, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA.

    H. H. Hill; B. Clowers; P. Dwivedi; M. Tam, S. Klopsch, A. B. Kanu; B. Bendiak; Selectivity in Ion Mobility Separations, 52nd Annual American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Conference, May 2004, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

    A. B. Kanu; and C. L. P. Thomas; Evaluation of SPME strategies for screening surface waters by differential mobility spectrometry, 11th Annual International Conference on Ion Mobility Spectrometry, August 2002, San Antonio, Texas USA.

    A. B. Kanu; M. Dixon; Y. Yin Zu; J. M. Gillies; J. Zweit; C. L. P. Thomas; Rapid Screening of 2-[18F]-Fluoro-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose Infusions for Volatile Organic Compound Contaminants by SPME with GC Selective Ion Monitoring Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Research Forum Incorporating Research And Development Topics, July 2002, Kingston University, London, UK.

    A. B. Kanu; M. Dixon; Y. Yin Zu; J. M. Gillies; J. Zweit; C. L. P. Thomas; Rapid screening of 2-[18F]-Fluoro-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose Infusions for Volatile Organic Compound Contaminants by SPME with GC Selective Ion Monitoring Mass Spectrometry; Ninth International Workshop and PET Symposium on Targetry and Target Chemistry, May 2002, Turku, Finland.

    A. B. Kanu; C. L. P. Thomas; N. Z. Rezgui; W. A. Munro; Measuring the Temperature of the Drift Gas in an IMS; Analytical Research Forum Incorporating Research and Development Topics, July 2001, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK.






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