Hello, my name is Austen! I joined the Clowers group in 2013, which currently makes me a fourth year graduate student. I am no stranger to the rolling hills of the Palouse; I graduated from Washington State University as an undergraduate in 2013. Go Cougs!


My research is focused primarily on the detection and collection of suspected nuclear material. The  instrument currently utilized for my research is a custom-built atmospheric pressure drift tube coupled to a commercial time of flight mass spectrometer(apIMS-TOF) available through TOFWERK.  Although my experience has primarily been focused on gas-phase metal species and non-covalent interactions, I have had the opportunity to explore a wide range of chemical compounds/classes and their interactions with neutrals under low-field conditions.


Clowers, B. H.; Siems, W. F.; Yu, Z.; Davis, A. L. A two-phase approach to fourier transform ion mobility time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The Analyst, 2015, 140(20), 6862–6870

Choy, Cindy J.; Ley, Corinne R.; Davis, Austen L.; Backer, Brian S.; Geruntho, Jonathan J.; Clowers, Brian H.; Berkman, Clifford E. Second-generation tunable pH-sensitive phosphoramidate-based linkers for controlled release. Bioconjugate Chemistry201627(9), 2206-2213

Liu, Wenjie; Davis, Austen Lambert; Siems, William F.;Yin, Du-Lin; Clowers, Brian H.; Hill, Jr., Herbert H. Ambient pressure inverse ion mobility spectrometry coupled to mass spectrometry. Analytical Chemistry2017, Ahead of print. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b03727

Davis, Austen L.; Liu, Wenjie; Siems, William F.; Clowers, Brian H. Correlation Ion Mobility Spectrometry. The Analyst, 2017, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C6AN02249A

Davis, Austen L.; Clowers, Brian H. Stabilization of gas-phase uranyl complexes enables rapid speciation using electrospray ionization and ion mobility-mass spectrometry. Talanta2017, Ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2017.07.090

Kelley, Morgan P.; Davis, Austen; Clowers, Brian; Clark, Aurora E.; Clark, Sue B.; Acceleration of metal–ligand complexation kinetics by electrospray ionization. Analyst2017, Ahead of print. DOI: 10.1039/C7AN01142C