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Mass spectrometry research showcased at international conference

09 Sep 2014
Four scientists from the Organic Analysis team travelled to Geneva last month to exhibit posters of their work at the International Mass Spectrometry Conference.
Christopher Hopley, Camilla Liscio, Bryan McCullough and Kate Groves exhibited posters outlining their research alongside other scientists during the week-long conference in Switzerland that promised to “open your eyes to fields of MS you never knew existed”.
As the conference promotional material explains, “mass spectrometry is part of your life! Your bags are checked for cocaine using MS, when you go through customs, your blood checked for biomarkers of disease, your food for illegal levels of pesticides and other things, and if you’re lucky enough to see the northern lights in the sky, you’re actually looking at ions, same as we do when using MS”.
Just as these MS applications impact on us all, the research that the Organic Analysis team is undertaking has benefits for our society. Three of the posters featured direct analysis – a new area of research for the team – on rapid analysis of biofuel contamination in jet fuel, rapid determination of trace drugs of abuse in urine and a comparison of ion mobility spectrometry and direct ionisation mass spectrometry for use in national security applications. The fourth poster explored the potential of ion mobility spectrometry–mass spectrometry (IMS-MS) for the characterisation of antibody-antigen interactions.
Chris Hopley, Science Leader, Organic Analysis, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to go to  the International Mass Spectrometry Conference and network with other mass spectometrists from around the world. It is a prestigious event that has keynote and plenary speakers from world leading scientists and features research that is at the forefront of the field and so it was great to hear about new developments. It also gave us the opportunity to exhibit our work and hear feedback from other scientists and share ideas.”
He added: “It was great to receive so much interest in our work and to have the opportunity to discuss our projects with others in the field of mass spectrometry.”
To find out more about the studies and to download copies of the posters, click on the links below.

Atmospheric Solid Analysis Probe-Mass Spectrometry (ASAP-MS) for rapid screening of drugs of abuse in biological fluids
Characterisation of immunoassay antibody-antigen interactions: ion mobility mass spectrometry as a potential tool
Investigation of programmable temperature vaporisation as a sample introduction method for ambient ionisation MS