Swiss Group for
Mass Spectrometry

The Swiss Group for Mass Spectrometry is a society that furthers interactions between scientists working in the various fields of mass spectrometry, doing basic research from gas phase ion chemistry to life sciences, in academia, industry and regulation. The SGMS was founded in 1982 (see history). Roughly two hundred individuals are listed as members. The SGMS also is an Associated Member Society of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS).

SGMS membership is open to individual persons working in the field of mass spectrometry, and to active sponsoring members. For more details, please consult the statutes of the society.

Dear SGMS members,

At the General Assembly last year in Beaternberg it was brought to our attention that we have lost another one of our members who was at the infancy of our society. Christian Guenat has written a fitting memoriam which is posted below.


In Memoriam Daniel Stahl (former SGMS president)

                                                 Daniel Stahl
                                           9 November 1941 - 28 May 2015

With great sadness we come to know the passing of Dr. Daniel Stahl.

Daniel got his Ph.D. in the mass spectrometry group of the physical chemistry institute led by Professor Tino Gäumann at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Afterwards, he stayed at the institute as first assistant, where he studied in particular the mechanisms of fragmentation of metastable ions in the gas-phase with MIKES and CAD with one of the first ZAB-2F reverse geometry sector mass spectrometer. This instrument attracted many renowned European scientists and allowed Daniel to collaborate in many areas of gas-phase ion chemistry. Over time he got different tasks at the EPFL, in particular related with informatics. After his retirement he left Lausanne to go back to the place where he grew up in the region of Lyon (France).

Daniel contributed a lot to the Swiss Group for Mass Spectrometry (SGMS), where he was an active member from the beginning. He spent 11 years in the committee, first as secretary from 1984 to 1989, before he was nominated president in 1990. He occupied this position till 1994 and then became honorary member.

We will remember Daniel as a “Bon Vivant”, as well as a good colleague and friend. We express our deepest sympathy to his wife and his family.

Christian Guenat

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