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Christopher Zarzana

Dr. Christopher Zarzana

Affiliate Faculty

Office: PSC 145, Pocatello

(208) 282-4444

(208) 282-4373


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Arizona 

Bachelor of Science Chemistry, Harvey Mudd University

Dr. Zarzana’s research covers a broad range of topics involving mass spectrometry. He has a strong background in mass spectrometry instrumentation, especially related to ion optics and detector technology. Dr. Zarzana also has experience using chromatography-mass-spectrometry to solve a wide variety of analytical problems in complex matrices. He conducts research on ion formation and gas-phase behavior chemistry, and the effects of radiation on a variety of organic molecules.

Current research projects include:  developing novel sample preparation and ionization methods and instrumentation for application to isotope-ratio mass spectrometry, development of new nanospray sources for the sensitive analysis of nano-volume samples containing radio-isotopes, and investigating the radiation chemistry of nuclear fuel reprocessing materials.