World’s First Cyclic IMS Mass Spectrometer Installed at Aston University
- Technology brings university scientists unparalleled potential for chemical, biological and human disease research
- First commercial research instrument of its kind in the world.
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Mass spectrometry (MS) is a widely deployed analytical method used by scientists to identify and quantify molecules in a sample and determine their detailed molecular structure. For example, it can be used to more effectively identify disease biomarkers that allow for early detection.
Ion mobility spectrometry is a proven technique that separates ions by their size, shape and charge. The SELECT SERIES Cyclic IMS takes ion mobility to a new level, replacing the traditional linear ion mobility region with a novel compact cyclic device. Ions traverse around the cyclic region and with every pass greater ion mobility resolution is achieved. In addition, the advanced technology enables the unique ability to perform ion mobility selection for ion mobility/ion mobility and IMSn experiments.
The new instrument will be used by researchers at
“The new instrument is one of a relatively recent class of mass spectrometers, incorporating ion mobility, which separate molecules based not only on their mass but also by their shape. This allows us to see what is going on in biology in much more detail, including information we are able to gain from the shape of molecules that will allow us to solve much more complex questions.”
Combining novel IMS capability with significantly improved mass spectrometry performance and enabling software, this platform allows leading researchers to unlock the potential in scientific discovery.
“By collaborating with leading researchers like Professor Pitt, we continually advance the science of mass spectrometry, accelerating their research into human health and well-being.”
The journal Analytical Chemistry documented the effectiveness and power of the cyclic IMS instrument in a recent article titled: A Cyclic Ion Mobility – Mass Spectrometry System.
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