Paul Mayer
Paul Mayer
Full Professor

(613) 562-5800 ext. 6038

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences


Dr. Mayer’s research is in gas-phase ion chemistry. We study the mechanisms, kinetics, thermodynamics and dynamics of the unimolecular reactions of gas-phase ions. We use a combination of tandem mass spectrometry, collision-spectroscopy, photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy and high-level theory to explore the unique aspects of the chemistry of species related to atmospheric chemistry, combustion chemistry and the interstellar environment.

  • Lowe, B., Cardona, A., Salas, J., Bodi, A., Mayer, P.M. & Burgos Paci, M. Probing the Pyrolysis of Ethyl Formate in the Dilute Gas Phase by Synchrotron Radiation and Theory. J. Mass Spectrom, 2023, 58, e4901.
  • Diedhiou, Malick & Mayer, Paul M., The Interaction of Methyl Formate with Proton-Bound Solvent Clusters in the Gas Phase and the Unimolecular Chemistry of the Reaction Products. Applied Sciences, 2023, 13, 1339.
  • Overton, S., Chea, P. & Mayer, P.M., Probing fragmentation mechanisms of deprotonated isomaltotriose: charge-remote or charge-directed?. Chem. Phys, 2023, 564, 111722.
  • Gondarry, Sandesh & Mayer, Paul M. The Fate of Protonated Guaiacol and its Derivatives in the Gas Phase. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2022, 126, 9051-9058.
  • Zinck, Nick, Bodi, Andras & Mayer, Paul., VUV photoprocessing of oxygen-containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: iPEPICO study of the unimolecular dissociation of ionized benzofuran. Can. J. Chem, 2022, 100, 729-736.

Research interests

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Gas phase ion chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry mass spectrometry
  • Gas-phase ion chemistry
  • Chemical kinetics