The Patrick Group at Mississippi State University

Welcome to the Patrick Group!

Our group conducts fundamental studies of gas phase ions and clusters and uses mass spectrometry and related techniques to help address societal challenges.
Ionic Liquids
Ionic liquids are used for many applications of societal imporatance, including as: fuels for spacecraft, electrolytes for batteries, and solvents for synthesis. Our group focuses on characterizing the clustering of ionic liquids upon electrospray and on investigating their decomposition products.

Cultural Heritage and Sport
Our group aims to apply our knowledge of mass spectrometry and allied methods to important problems in society. We currently have active projects in anti-doping science, with a focus on detecting and quantifying performance-enhancing drugs. 

We are also exploring ways to apply our expertise in mass spectrometry to the analysis of art and artifacts. To this end, we are developing methods for the characterization of relevant dye molecules.

Modified Biomolecules
Our group aims to apply complementary techniques (e.g., infrared ion spectroscopy, ion mobility spectrometry) to help identify and characterize post-translational modifications of peptides on a mass spectrometry-based platform. Such characterizations are important to understanding fundamental biology, as well as healthy versus diseased states. One specific interest is in sulfosite localization.