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A ‘Periodic Table’ of mass spectrometry instrumentation and acronyms / Ruth Godfrey

Anal. Methods

Swansea University Author: Godfrey, Ruth

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DOI (Published version): 10.1039/C7AY90114C

Abstract

The number of acronyms in mass spectrometry (MS) and hyphenated techniques are growing rapidly. The ever-widening range of users of MS technology has led to variations in terminology and how it has been applied. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has undertaken a review of...

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Published in: Anal. Methods
ISSN: 1759-9660 1759-9679
Published: 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35170
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Abstract: The number of acronyms in mass spectrometry (MS) and hyphenated techniques are growing rapidly. The ever-widening range of users of MS technology has led to variations in terminology and how it has been applied. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has undertaken a review of MS nomenclature resulting in an extensive publication, describing over 500 terms, and is the defining resource for mass spectrometrists. However, for less experienced users of MS, this IUPAC document may require greater explanation as it is not intended to explain the basis of these terms. Given this, the Analytical Methods Committee (AMC) of the Royal Society of Chemistry highlighted an alternative text was required to help understand these terms, how and why they are used in combination, that may be accessible to non-MS experts. This manuscript describes the structure of typical MS instrumentation (sample introduction, ionisation source, mass analyser, detector, data acquisition/processing) and hyphenated technologies whereby each section is discussed and summarised in context and presented as a recognisable tabulated format.
Keywords: mass spectrometry, chromatography, instrumentation, abbreviations,
College: College of Medicine