Dr. Attygalle is internationally recognized as a researcher and an educator. He has extensive experience in conducting hands-on laboratory workshops and lectures on mass spectrometry. He has conducted mass spectrometry workshops in Malaysia, Pakistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Dr. Attygalle has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed research articles. Research reported in some of his joint publications has been singled out for coverage on numerous occasions by the media including the New York Times. In 2014, the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame bestowed Attygalle the Inventor of the Year Award. Under Attygalle’s leadership, the mass spectrometry laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology has become a leading center for gas-phase ion fragmentation studies. His graduate program in Modern Mass Spectrometry, which he has been conducting for thirteen consecutive years since 2002, is well attended by many students from the pharmaceutical industry of New Jersey. A new ionization techniques called Helium Plasma Ionization (HePI) he has developed to generate gaseous ions under ambient conditions has been recognized as a very sensitive technique of detecting explosives and other volatile materials without the need for extensive sample preparation. In 2014, the United States patent and trademark office granted two patents for his inventions on mass spectrometric ionization (U.S. Patent No. 8.664,000 B2, March 4, 2014; U.S. Patent No. 8,703,502, April 22, 2014).
Dr. Attygalle\’s interests include interpretation of mass spectra, novel ionization techniques, and gas-phase ion chemistry. He has been an instructor with the American Chemical Society since 2007.