Graduated in chemistry at University of Granada, professor Laserna’s current research interests include the use of lasers in chemical analysis, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy; time-of-flight mass spectrometry; secondary ionization mass spectrometry; surface analysis using laser ablation with optical and ion detection, imaging techniques; laser remote chemical analysis; instrumental solutions for chemical analysis in the industry; on-line analytical methodology; fieldable analytical instrumentation; development of spectroscopic instrumentation; analysis of energetic materials; development of sensors for CBNRE threats; lasers for cultural heritage; and materials analysis.
Javier Laserna is 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. He has been titular member of the IUPAC Commission V.4 on Spectrochemical and other Optical Procedures for Analysis, from 1996 to 2001 and head of the Office for Technology Transfer of the University of Málaga, 1994 -1997. He has been president of the Spanish Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SEA), 2001-2004 and of the Working Group in Spectrochemical Analysis of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), 1998-2001. Professor Laserna was awarded with the RSEQ National Award for Research in Analytical Chemistry in 2009 and the SEA National Award for Research in Applied Spectroscopy in 2010. He is co-inventor of 6 patents held by the University of Malaga and has published over 250 papers plus 5 books and book chapters. He was section editor for Raman Spectroscopy of the Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, 2000. Professor Laserna is the national delagate of Spain in the European Committee for Analytical Work in the Metals and Steel Industries.
A passionate of contemporary art, Javier plays latin percussion, guitar and sings in the band Los Buchipluma; also he sails his 35-feet boat ‘Playa Libertad’. He plays tennis and padel tennis and enjoys jazz and world music.