Mass spectrometry is a powerful analytical tool used in many laboratories from undergraduate teaching to commercial screening. The need to reach the correct result as quickly as possible is more important for the end user that the underlying technology.
Forensic laboratories routinely analyze samples collected from fire scenes for the presence of ignitable liquid residues (ILRs). ILRs are often recovered from fire debris using a passive heated headspace extraction, with adsorption of volatile components on active carbon followed by solvent or thermal desorption.
Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is a powerful analytical technique for identifying, confirming and quantifying organic compounds in complex matrices.
Comprehensive two-dimensional GC-MS is a powerful analytical tool that has evolved from technology used mainly in the R&D laboratory to a robust commercially available solution from several manufacturers. As the amount of data from these instruments can be overwhelming, we have developed AnalyzerPro XD as a vendor neutral 2D data processing solution for all chromatographic-MS data. This software uses chromatographic deconvolution and component reconstruction to isolate the components from each sample.
Advances in high throughput techniques, chemistries and analyses, have revolutionised the research landscape. The use of automated systems underpins the majority of chromatography-mass spectrometry approaches.
Metabolomics has a great potential in addressing the metabolic gap in microbe-host systems and expanding knowledge on the human gut microbial metabolism. Metabolomics as a field is the analysis and unbiased relative quantification of all metabolites in a biological sample. However in order to study the entire metabolome of a biological system, it is essential that most, if not all, of the metabolites present in the system in question are extracted and identified through analytical platforms.