The Mass Spectrometry Platform houses a number of MS instruments offering analysis of a range of different samples.

Triple Quadrupole Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry ICP-MS-QQQ

A Thermo Icap-TQ uses ICP-MS technique, the most powerful technique for the analysis and quantification of trace elements in both solid and liquid samples. Its applications range from analysis of environmental and geological samples, to clinical research, material sciences and the semiconductor industry.

Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)

The Shimadzu Axima CFR is a MALDI TOF capable of analysing molecules from 20-100,000 Daltons. It is typically used for the analysis of biomolecules such as proteins and DNA and large organic molecules such as polymers.

High Resolution Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-TOF)

An Agilent 1200 HPLC is coupled to an Agilent 6210 Time of Flight mass spectrometer, allowing accurate mass analysis of small molecules up to 3200m/z within a mass accuracy of 5ppm at a resolution of up to 15000 FWHM. The applications of this technique are broad, and include pesticides and contaminants in environmental samples and protein analysis.

Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)

A Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 GC-MS uses GC-MS technique.

GC–MS is a hyphenated technique developed from the coupling of GC and MS. Mass spectra acquired by this hyphenated technique offer more structure-related information based on the interpretation of fragmentations of the ions. The fragment ions with different relative abundances can be compared with the library spectra. The technique has many biological and chemical applications.


All enquiries are welcome and should initially be addressed to Dr Philip Wilson, Instrument Platform Manager: 01603 591860

Academic Lead: Prof Nick Le Brun

Support Lead: Graham Chilvers