Akos Vertes

Akos Vertes

Professor of Chemistry
SEH 4870
Address: Science and Engineering Hall
800 22nd St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Mobile: 202-994-2717
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Analytical chemistry, Biomedical analysis, Physical chemistry, and Proteomics & metabolomics


Current Research

Akos Vertes research interests span from fundamental studies in analytical and physical chemistry to the development of new technologies for biomedical analysis. He is a co-founder and co-director of the W. M. Keck Institute for Proteomics Technology and Applications, a center of strategic excellence at the university. Recent accomplishments include the introduction of photonic ion sources based on nanostructures, the introduction of a new ambient ion source called laser ablation electrospray ionization (LAESI), metabolic imaging of live plant organs and the in situ mass spectrometric analysis of single cells. His research has been presented in over 110 peer-reviewed publications, in two books, the first on laser ionization and the second on the medical applications of mass spectrometry, which he co-edited and co-authored, and in numerous conference presentations. He is an internationally recognized expert in bioanalytical methods. The research in his laboratory has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health and the W.M. Keck Foundation. His honors and awards include the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship, Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium, the Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, Visiting Professor of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, the Elsevier/Spectrochimica Acta Award, Member of the News & Features Advisory Panel for the journal Analytical Chemistry and Member of the Science Advisory Board of Protea Biosciences, Inc., Morgantown, WV.


PhD, (summa cum laude) Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, 1979


  • P. Nemes, A. A. Barton and A. Vertes, “Three-Dimensional Imaging of Metabolites in Tissues under Ambient Conditions by Laser Ablation Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry,” Anal. Chem., 2009, 81, 6668-6675.
  • B. N. Walker, T. Razunguzwa, M. Powell, R. Knochenmuss and A. Vertes, “Nanophotonic Ion Production from Silicon Microcolumn Arrays,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 1669-1672.
  • P. Sripadi, J. Nazarian, Y. Hathout, E. P. Hoffman and A. Vertes, “In vitro analysis of metabolites from the untreated tissue of Torpedo californica electric organ by mid-infrared laser ablation electrospray ionization mass spectrometry,” Metabolomics, 2009, 5, 263-276.
  • K. Vékey, A. Telekes and A. Vertes, “Medical Applications of Mass Spectrometry,” Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008, pp. 1-606.

Classes Taught

  • Chem 2122: Intro Quantitative Analysis
  • Chem 4122: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
  • Chem 6222: Ions: Wet and Dry
  • Chem 6320: Mass Spectrometry in Life Sciences (Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry)