Gordon J Getzinger


Ph.D. May 2016, Duke

Research Topic: Identifying the structure and fate of new and emerging organic contaminants by high-resolution mass spectrometry

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Gross Hall 384D
  • Office Phone: 330-328-1734
  • Email Address: gordon.getzinger @ duke.edu


  • B.A., Chemistry, Loyola University Chicago, 2010
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Loyola University Chicago, 2010

Research Interests

Gordon’s research interests focus on the development of novel analytical approaches, based on high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS), to elucidate the structure and fate of new and emerging organic contaminants.

Historically, efforts aimed at monitoring the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment have relied extensively on a priori knowledge of chemical structure. However, the recent emergence of HRMS instrumentaion (e.g. LTQ-Orbitrap, Q-ToF) into the field of environmental chemistry has allowed for the identification of previously unreported or understudied contaminants in complex matrices without prior knowledge of a chemical’s presence or reference standards.

Gordon hopes to develop and utilize these powerful analytical tools to: identify chemicals of anthropogenic origin (e.g., pharmaceutical metabolites, alternative flame retardants, polymer additives) in wastewater reuse applications, illuminate unforeseen mechanisms of organic chemical transformation in natural and engineered systems (e.g., disinfection and advanced oxidation byproducts), and identify potentially mutagenic or carcinogenic emmerging contaminants in complex environmental mixtures (e.g., compounds forming electrophilic metabolites).

Curriculum Vitae (PDF) updated Aug 2015