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
Award Date: 3 May 2017
Analytical and Bioanalytical Sciences, MSc, University of Oviedo
Award Date: 26 Jul 2012
Chemistry, Degree, University of Oviedo
Award Date: 10 Feb 2010
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
Proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry investigations of phthalate esters via direct headspace samplingOlivenza-León, D., Mayhew, C. A. & González-Méndez, R., Mar 2021, In: International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 461, 116497.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
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 › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)7 Downloads (Pure)
Gonzalez-Mendez, R., 12 Feb 2019, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster › peer-review
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 › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)11 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 › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)10 Downloads (Pure)