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Shimadzu would like to congratulate Dr. José Rodriguez of Mississippi State University for winning the Triple Quadrupole contest!
Dr. Rodriquez´s research proposal for the GCMS-TQ8030 triple quadrupole GCMSMS includes several exciting projects related to his primary research interests. One project, analysis of oil biomarkers to establish a "chemical identification library" of oils, tar balls and mousses, is of particular interest to oil companies wishing to identify oil sources for proper litigation, and fingerprinting petroleum oils for petroleum exploration.

Dr. Rodriguez has been the Director of the Petroleum Products Division and Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mississippi State University since February 2006. On July 2007, Dr. Rodriguez was given the additional responsibility of being the Director of the Industrial and Agricultural Services. Under his leadership, the laboratory provides analytical services to Mississippi State and to private industry. His group also performs research in environmental, analytical, and food chemistry, as well as for biochemistry, fuels, catalysts, and entomology. His research interests include the identification and impact of anthropogenic chemicals in the environment. The Petroleum Products Division, in conjunction with Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, regulates transportation fuels in the State.

Before joining the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratories, Dr. Rodriguez worked in private industry for a period of 25 years. During this period he accumulated over 22 patents, and was the editor and contributor to two books.