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Dr. Skip Kingston

Skip Kingston

Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Chemistry & Biochemistry

332A Mellon Hall
Phone: 412.396.5564


B.A, M.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., American University

Dr. H. M. (Skip) Kingston is Professor of Analytical Chemistry and dually appointed in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and the Environmental Research and Education Center, at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Kingston received his B.S. degree in chemistry education, an M.S. degree in analytical chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and environmental management from the American University.

Dr. Kingston is also the Director of a focused research center at Duquesne University in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry. In 2003, Dr. Kingston also became the Chief Technical Officer of Applied Isotopes Technologies Inc., a company requested to be started by the U.S. EPA to support new measurement methods based on patented methods requiring master isotopic standards. From 1976 to 1991, he was a Supervisory Research Chemist in the Inorganic Analytical Research Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). From 1987 to 1991, he conceived and headed the Consortium on Automated Analytical Laboratory Systems (CAALS) which was dedicated to developing automated analytical standards for US measurements and funded by 14 US industries and national laboratories inside the NIST. In 1984-1985, Dr. Kingston was Congressional Science Fellow where he initiated the scientific inquiry and hosted two Congressional hearings that led to the establishment of the U.S. Radon Laws that are estimated to prevent 45,000 bronchial cancer deaths each year.

For the past several years, Dr. Kingston has been actively involved in developing and advancing the areas of speciated isotope dilution mass spectrometry, a definitive measurement method used in environmental health measurements for human diseases. The focus of the current applications are the establishment of a quantitative physical test for autism, definitive environmental quantification of toxins to permit action and homeland defense measurements. He also has pioneered methods in automated and microwave analysis through basic research and methods development. He has invented and authored dozens of standard methods for EPA, NCCLS, SEMI, the U.S. Government and other organizations.

Since 1987, he has received numerous awards for his pioneering work in several areas, including the Kaufman award in biology, chemistry and physics in 2009 and the 1996 R&D 100 Award for invention and development of Speciated Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry (SIDMS) adopted in 2008 as a national standard method by the U.S. EPA, the 1987 IR 100 Award for development of the microwave dissolution, the 1988 "Pioneer in Laboratory Robotics" award, the 1988 R&D 100 Award for the development of Chelation Ion Chromatography and the 1990 NIST Applied Research Award and the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 1990. He holds multiple patents in the field of (SIDMS), mass spectrometry automation, microwave enhanced chemistry, chelation chromatography and has others pending and remains interested in the development and automation of analytical analysis methods for the measurement of environmental human health. His current research is focused on mass spectrometry and its use in autism diagnosis and environmentally related Homeland Security health measurements.