Mass spectrometry is a highly sensitive method for qualitative and quantitative analysis of various organic and inorganic analytes. Next to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and x-ray diffraction mass spectrometry is one of the most powerful tools for structure elucidation. This service platform is intended to deliver mass spectrometry methods to answer scientific questions within the areas of chemistry, biochemistry/pharmacy, materials science and related areas of research. Currently, 16 spectrometers with different ionization techniques and dedicated chromatographic couplings are available at 4 locations. We consult students and scientists in all aspects of modern mass spectrometry and allied topics like liquid and gas chromatography as well as structure elucidation. With a sample throughput of more than 5000 sample per year we are one of the largest MS platforms in central Germany. Furthermore, we offer our instrumentation and knowledge to industrial partners and startups to support scientific transfer from university to industry.
The MS platform is an academic service facility at the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences (CGF) of the FSU Jena, which is operated jointly by the Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (IAAC de) and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC de).
The Separations journal is currently launching a Special Issue with the title “Application of Mass Spectrometry Technology in Geochemistry”. Research papers targeting geochemistry involving mass spectrometry have historically mainly focused on element chemistry or allied methods. Since hyphenated analytical mass spectrometry such as GC-(HR)MS or (U)HPLC-(HR)MS has become the standard method in all kinds of -omics, these techniques are still underrepresented in geochemistry and related processes. This Special Issue aims to stress the significance of LC-MS, GC-MS, and related methods in the field of geochemistry. This Special Issue thus invites contributions such as original research articles, case studies or reviews on the current advances of applying metabolomics methods to geochemistry. Fundamental works dealing with the whole analytical process from sample preparation to data
analysis are welcome, as well as applied research presenting novel analytical strategies, method development, and validation, including special applications such as (bio)-geochemical transformations.