Projects per year
Environmental Analytical Chemistry
LC/MS, GC/MS, PTR/MS, IMS/MS
My principal research interest is the development of high resolution mass spectrometry techniques for environmental monitoring.
I obtained my degree in Chemistry in 2012 from the University of Oviedo (Spain), where I specialised in Analytical Chemistry. At the same university, I undertook an MsC in Analytical and Bioanalytical Sciences, focussing in Mass Spectrometry. After working in industry for several years, I moved to the University of Birmingham after being awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to work on developing hardware and applications for Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry for explosives detection, under the supervision of Professor Chris Mayhew. In 2017 I obtained my PhD in Molecular Physics on the topic of “Development and applications of Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry for Homeland Security: trace detection of explosives”, followed by a postdoctoral position in the same group for further 6 months and as an Honorary Researcher ever since. After that, I took a position in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Coventry University, where I led the setting-up of the laboratory suite for the Research Centre, with emphasis in organic high-resolution mass spectrometry and inorganic mass spectrometry. During the last two years, I have been focussing in the implementation, development and expansion of the mass spectrometry facilities to help establishing a cutting-edge research service for environmental monitoring. My current role consists on leading and managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the laboratory, whilst developing mass spectrometry applications and methods for environmental monitoring. This specifically involves development and optimisation of both targeted and untargeted high-resolution mass spectrometry methodologies for the analysis of small molecules.
Mass Spectrometry, Doctorate, University of Birmingham
Analytical and Bioanalytical Sciences, MSc, University of Oviedo
Chemistry, Degree, University of Oviedo
Honorary Research associate, University of Birmingham1 Sep 2016 → …
- QD Chemistry
- Mass Spectrometry
- Analytical Chemistry
Identification and quantification of trace organic contaminants discharged from waste water treatment plants
1/10/20 → 1/10/21
Applications of Direct Injection Soft Chemical Ionisation-Mass Spectrometry for the Detection of Pre-blast Smokeless Powder Organic AdditivesGonzález-Méndez, R. & Mayhew, C. A., 19 Apr 2019, In : Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 30, 4, p. 615-624 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)6 Downloads (Pure)
Gonzalez-Mendez, R., 12 Feb 2019, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster
González-Méndez, R., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 30, 11, p. 2259-2266 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile10 Downloads (Pure)
Use of Rapid Reduced Electric Field Switching to Enhance Compound Specificity for Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass SpectrometryGonzález-Méndez, R., Watts, P., Reich, D. F., Mullock, S. J., Cairns, S., Hickey, P., Brookes, M. & Mayhew, C. A., 1 May 2018, In : Analytical Chemistry. 90, 9, p. 5664-5770 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)9 Downloads (Pure)
A potential method for comparing instrumental analysis of volatile organic compounds using standards calibrated for the gas phaseLourenço, C., González-Méndez, R., Reich, F., Mason, N. & Turner, C., 1 Aug 2017, In : International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 419, p. 1-10 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)57 Downloads (Pure)