Athula Attygalle

Research Professor of Chemistry

Professor Attygalle is a mass spectrometry expert who emphasizes advancement in this field through his lab, the Center for Mass Spectrometry.His work provides up-to-date teaching and frontier level research programs to students, as well as experience in one of the most well equipped academic lab facilities in the U.S. The Center for Mass Spectrometry is open to collaborative research projects, adapts to function with a wide variety of compounds and provides accurate mass data.
In addition to his lab work, Attygalle is also an expert in bioanalyticalchemistry, microchemical techniques, chromatography, GC-infrared spectrometry, natural products, chemical communication and defense in arthropods, chemical ecology, and “chemical prospecting” by pharmacological screening of tropical rainforest natural products.
His work has been published in several journals and publications, including the journal, Naturwissenschaften, for his discovery of the use of the natural repellent limonene as a major defensive chemical of the ground beetle. Attygalle also has been awarded three patents.


Areas of Expertise

Mass spectrometric ion fragmentations Detecting chemicals/chemical identification Chemical scares and explosives Bioanalyticalchemistry, microchemical techniques and chromatography Phermones, chemicals that insects use for communication  

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