Imma Ferrer
Environmental Engineering

Office: SEEC S297


  • B.S. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 1994.
  • M.S. in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 1995.
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, CSIC, Barcelona, 1999.
  • Post-doc Associate in Chemistry, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO, 2000-2003.
  • Post-doc Associate in Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, 2000-2003.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Author of >100 peer reviewed publications.  Hirsch Factor: 42.
  • Associate Editor, Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Jan 2016-
  • Organized symposia, Advances in Mass Spectrometry, Pittsburgh Conference, 2002-2017.
  • 3 Invited Key Note lectures and 30 invited lectures at International Symposia.  Total of 55 oral presentations.
  • Editor of 3 books related to Mass Spectrometry (2003, 2009 and 2013).
  • Member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) and chairman of the Environmental Interest Group.
  • Patent: Determination of chemical empirical formulas of unknown compounds using accurate ion mass measurement of all isotopes, 2007, US 20070114373.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor at Department of Analaytical Chemistry, University of Almeria, Almeria, Spain, 2003-2008.


  • LC/Q-TOF-MS analytical method development for the accurate mass analysis of pesticides and pharmaceuticals in water samples.
  • LC/MS-MS analytical method development for low ng/L level quantitation of contaminants.
  • Analysis of groundwater, drinking water and wastewater.
  • Identification of unknowns in environmental samples by LC/Q-TOF-MS.
  • Food Analysis (soy milk, fruits and vegetables, soft drinks, etc.).
  • Expertise: interpretation of mass spectra data using LC/MS-MS and LC/Q-TOF-MS techniques.
  • Analysis of organic compounds in hydraulic fracturing waters