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John Fletcher


John Fletcher
+46 31 786 9105

Room number: 4032
Postal Address: Kemigården 4, 412 96 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Kemigården 4 , 412 96 Göteborg

Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology (More Information)
Box 462
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2599
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 9 C , 413 90 Göteborg

About John Fletcher


My groups research is focused on the development and application of imaging mass spectrometry for biological analysis. Mass spectrometry provides molecular specific chemical information without the need to incorporate exogenous labels. When used in an imaging modality this chemical precision is combined with precise spatial distribution. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) uses a focused ion beam to probe the surface of a sample and the nature of the ion beam fired at the sample can ultimately determine what chemical species are detected in the mass spectrometer.
As there is a constant demand for more signal at higher resolution and so ion beam development is an active area of research particularly using new gas cluster ion beam technology. For biological sample analysis ensuring that the data generated is representative of the "live" sample means that methods to prepare and analyse biological specimen in the vacuum environment required for imaging SIMS are critical.
Combining the new ion beams with optimal sample preperation provides a route to identifying lipidomic changes on a sub-cellular scale, potentially in 3D, in order elucidate the underlying chemical processes involved in disease progression and treatment.


Current group members

Kelly Dimovska Nilsson 

Ibrahim Kaya

Sanna Sämfors

Teaching and Departmental Responsibilities

KEM070 - Basic Analytical Chemistry

KEM081 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry

KEA310 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry Project Contact

Coordinator of Chemistry Masters Program

Departmental Strategy Board Member




Latest publications

Mass Spectrometry Imaging and Integration with Other Imaging Modalities for Greater Molecular Understanding of Biological Tissues
T. P. Siegel, G. Hamm, J. Bunch, J. Cappell, John S. Fletcher et al.
Molecular Imaging and Biology, Review article 2018
Review article

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A new time-of-flight SIMS instrument for 3D imaging and analysis
Rowland Hill, Paul Blenkinsopp, Stephen Thompson, John Vickerman, John S. Fletcher
Surface and Interface Analysis, Conference paper 2011
Conference paper

Exploring subcellular imaging on the buncher-ToF J105 3D chemical imager
S. Rabbani, John S. Fletcher, N. P. Lockyer, J. C. Vickerman
Surface and Interface Analysis, Conference paper 2011
Conference paper

Top-down approach to studying biological components using ToF-SIMS
Alan M. Piwowar, John S. Fletcher, Nicholas P. Lockyer, John C. Vickerman
Surface and Interface Analysis, Journal article 2011
Journal article

Investigating the effect of temperature on depth profiles of biological material using ToF‐SIMS
Alan M. Piwowar, John S. Fletcher, Nicholas Lockyer, John Vickerman
Surface and Interface Analysis, Journal article 2011
Journal article

TOF-SIMS with Argon Gas Cluster Ion Beams: A Comparison with C(60)(+)
Sadia Rabbani, Andrew M. Barber, John S. Fletcher, Nicholas P. Lockyer, John C. Vickerman
Analytical Chemistry, Journal article 2011
Journal article

Three-dimensional mass spectral imaging of HeLa-M cells - sample preparation, data interpretation and visualisation
John S. Fletcher, Sadia Rabbani, Alex Henderson, Nicholas P. Lockyer, John C. Vickerman
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Journal article 2011
Journal article

Label free biochemical 2D and 3D imaging using secondary ion mass spectrometry.
John S. Fletcher, John C Vickerman, Nicholas Winograd
Current opinion in chemical biology, Review article 2011
Review article


Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Samples Fractured In Situ with a Spring-Loaded Trap System.
Ingela Lanekoff, Michael E. Kurczy, Rowland Hill, John S. Fletcher, John C Vickerman et al.
Analytical chemistry, Journal article 2010
Journal article

A new SIMS paradigm for 2D and 3D molecular imaging of bio-systems
John S. Fletcher, John C. Vickerman
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Review article 2010
Review article

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