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    chemistry of atomic metal ions with a wide range of moleculesof interest. Most recently, an electrospray source has also beenadded to the powerful flowing afterglow instrument and a newprogram of investigation of ion chemistry of biologically inter-esting ions has been initiated.

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    Diethard Bohmes considerable research success has beenacknowledged nationally and internationally through his sep-

    see front matter 2006 Published by Elsevier B.V.1387-3806(06)00374-5Foreword

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    egin this tribute to Diethard Bohme by saying what anor it is for me to have been asked to act as an editorcial issue of the International Journal of Mass Spec-mark his 65th birthday. I have now known Diethard0 years both as a scientific colleague and personalI am grateful to Elsevier and the Editorial Board ofve the opportunity to express my regard for Diethardthis way.Bohme was born in June 1941 in Boston, MA, where

    as a member of the German consular staff. His time ins quite obviously short (although he has maintainedan citizenship and passport) but following the warfathers diplomatic mission brought him to Canadaeceived the better part of his education culminat-.Sc. (1962) and Ph.D. (1965) degrees from McGillin Montreal. His Ph.D. work with John Goodingsresulted in the construction of the first quadrupolerometer in Canada and introduced him to the worlde ion chemistry. He continued his interest in the areaoctoral Research Associate, first with John Hastedersity of London and later with Eldon Ferguson atmy Laboratory of the Environmental Sciences Ser-nistration in Boulder, Colorado. It was during thisd that he began some of the first work on measure-urate gas phase acidities of organic molecules usingdeveloped flowing afterglow technique. This sem-carried out in collaboration with Brewster Young,edly regarded somewhat askance at the time how-resident atmospheric physicists who were horrified

    ible consequences of pollution of their apparatus bypounds. Diethards tenacity prevailed and resultedof a new and exciting era of thermochemistry andchanisms of gaseous anions.Diethard moved to York University in north Torontold Schiff was in the process of building a Chemistry

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    as nucleophilic displacement, in the gas phase inequential addition of solvent molecules to the reac-vided a bridge for understanding the transition fromo solution phase reactivity. Among the many impor-pments from this work was the elucidation of then of proton transport catalysis which is frequently

    current gas phase studies to explain tautomerism andof gas phase biological ions.thrust of the Bohme group throughout the 1980s wason of ion-molecule reaction mechanisms for synthe-plex molecular species in the interstellar medium.h of polyacetylene and cyanoacetylene chains wased to be feasible via ion chemistry routes and this ledations with astronomers in which his predictions ofce of certain molecular species preceded their obser-e interstellar in carbon rich materials led naturally to a forayne chemistry which was initiated during a sabbati-the laboratory of Helmut Schwarz in Berlin. Their

    on produced the first laboratory observation of anfullerene in the form of He@C60. Subsequent worklaboratory elucidated fullerene ion chemistry as a

    charge state and produced novel exohedral fullerenehich the exterior of C60 and C70 landscapes served

    ned templates for surface chemistry.ximity of the mass spectrometer manufacturer,t a few kilometers from York led to natural employ-tunities for several of the graduates from DiethardsBut, what goes around comes around, and in the lateof Diethards former students at SCIEX, Scott Tan-dimir Baranov, collaborated once again with the Yorkvise ion-molecule reactions of atomic species whichplemented in ICP-MS instruments to dramatically

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    arate awards as a Sloan, Killam and Humboldt Fellow, theRutherford Medal in Chemistry of the Royal Society of Canada,the Noranda and Polanyi Awards of the Canadian Society forChemistry, the Lossing Award of the Canadian Society for MassSpectrometry, the Herzberg Award of the Canadian Society forAnalytical Sciences and Spectroscopy, as a Fellow of the RoyalSociety of Canada and as a Canada Research Chair. York Univer-sity has also named him as a Distinguished Research Professor.

    Diethards considerable abilities have extended beyond thelaboratorof graduaYork. AsSelection Committee for Chemistry. He serves on the editorialboards of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry andMass Spectrometry Reviews and has edited four volumes of workin various areas of the field of gas phase ion chemistry.

    On the personal side, Diethard is an enthusiastic outdoors-man. He is an avid canoeist, hiker and, most recently, mushroomhunter. As many of his friends and colleagues also know, at con-ferences taking place in any location close to a wine growingregion, a wine tasting outing is to be relied upon.

    Finally, as an editor of this volume, I feel that it is also myprerogative to recount some of my personal encounters withDiethard, beginning with the first. During my graduate studentand post-doctoral days I knew Diethards already considerablebody of published work in gas phase ion chemistry and assumedthat he was a much more senior scientist. The first time thatI actuallyPhiladelpin searchdiscovereAssuming

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    York should hire me to establish a complementary ion chem-istry program using ion cyclotron resonance. It was only someyears later that I discovered that, at that time, he was actuallystill an untenured Assistant Professor himself. When I actuallydid have an academic job I would meet Diethard regularly atscientific meetings and we could commiserate about some ofthe difficulties of doing science in Canada at the time. Someof the most memorable of these were the Canadian Gas PhaseIon Chemistry meetings started by Ray March at Trent Univer-

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    2 where Diethard received the F.P. Lossing Award of theian Society for Mass Spectrometry. The accompanyingraph from the presentation of the Herzberg Award, whichs Paul and Beverly Kebarle, Orval Mamer and Helmut

    rz, shows that Diethard has changed little in the past 30In summary, I and all of the contributors to this volume,ou a very Happy Birthday Diethard. I know we can expectoing stream of good science and good times in the yearse.

    Terry McMahonsaw him in person was at an ASMS meeting inhia when I was a post-doctoral fellow and desperatelyof an academic job. Imagine my surprise then, when Id that we were on the same flight out of Philadelphia., based on my evaluation of his scientific standing,

    ust be practically running the Chemistry DepartmentI shamelessly set about trying to persuade him that

    in 200CanadphotogincludeSchwayears.wish yan ongto comUniversity of WaterlooSeptember 2006ward Rundle, Ron Hemsworth and Gervase Mackay.ecent memorable celebratory occasion spent togetherLake Louise Tandem Mass Spectrometry Conferencey to administration as well, and he has served as directorte studies and twice as Chemistry Department chair atwell he has been a member of the NSERC Canada Grant

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