Javier Laserna is professor of University of Málaga (Spain), associate editor of Applied Spectroscopy, and member of the advisory board of Spectrochimica Acta, Part B – Atomic Spectroscopy, Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, and the Open Journal of Analytical Chemistry. Professor Laserna was awarded with the RSEQ National Award for Research in Analytical Chemistry in 2009, the SEA National Award for research in applied spectroscopy in 2010, and the Lester Strock Award of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy of the United States in 2018. He is co-inventor of 6 patents held by the University of Malaga and has published nearly 300 papers plus 5 books and book chapters.
Professor Laserna’s current research interests include laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS); time-of-flight mass spectrometry; surface analysis using laser ablation with optical and ion detection; laser remote chemical analysis; on-line and fieldable analytical instrumentation. Application areas comprise analysis of energetic materials; development of sensors for CBNRE threats; lasers for cultural heritage; and LIBS and Raman spectroscopy for space exploration.