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Mass Spectrometry Basics

1st Edition

By Christopher G. Herbert, Robert A.W. Johnstone

CRC Press

474 pages | 301 B/W Illus.

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Mass Spectrometry Basics provides authoritative yet plain-spoken explanations of the basic concepts of this powerful analytical method without elaborate mathematical derivations. The authors describe processes, applications, and the underlying science in a concise manner supported by figures and graphics to further comprehension. The text provides practical approaches to interpreting mass spectral data and step-by-step guides for identifying chemically relevant compounds. Additionally, the authors have included an extensive reference section and a quick guide to each chapter that offers immediate access to key information.

This unique reference makes some of the esoteric aspects of this important area of analysis more readily comprehensible to those who deal with analytical instruments but who have not been trained in mass spectrometry. It also serves as a refresher for practicing mass spectroscopists by clarifying principles to afford a better appreciation and application of this technology.


"This book is intended … as a brief primer on the many flavors and applications of MS technology. As such, the novice will walk away with a taste of MS while the seasoned pioneer will see this book as a quick reference. … [T]he book sets the reader up to read … more complex books down the road. And each chapter is spiced with figures, tables, and schematics that help the reader understand how this technology comes together."

- Today's Chemist at Work

"…can be used by all categories of readership…The book is developmental in nature - beginning with basics of the process and proceeding stepwise to more detailed analyses of each aspect of the method…Highly recommended"

L. Andersson, Big Bend Community College, in CHOICE Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Chemical Ionisation (CI)

Laser Desorption Ionisation (LDI)

Electron Ionisation (EI)

Fast Atom Bombardment (FAB) and Liquid Phase Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (LSIMS) Ionisation

Field Ionisation (FI) and Field Desorption (FD)

Coronas, Plasmas and Arcs

Thermal Ionisation (TI; Surface Emission of Ions)

Electrospray Ionisation (ES)

Atmospheric Pressure Ionisation (API)

Z-Spray Combined Inlet/Ion Source

Thermospray and Plasmaspray Interface

Particle-Beam Interface

Dynamic Fast Atom Bombardment and Liquid (phase) Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (FAB/LSIMS) Interface

Plasma Torches

Sample Inlets for Plasma Torches. Part A: Gases

Sample Inlets for Plasma Torches. Part B: Liquid Inlets

Sample Inlets for Plasma Torches. Part C: Solid Inlets

Lasers and Other Light Sources


Hybrid Orthogonal Time-of-Flight (oa-TOF) Instruments

Hybrid Magnetic Sector Time-of-Flight (TOF) Instruments

Hybrid Hexapole Time-of-Flight (TOF) Instruments

Hybrid Quadrupole Time-of-Flight (TOF) Instruments

Ion Optics of Magnetic/Electric Sector Mass Spectrometers

Quadrupole Ion Optics

Time-of-Flight (TOF) Ion Optics

Orthogonal Time of Flight (oa-TOF) Ion Optics

Point Ion Collectors (Detectors)

Array Collectors (Detectors)

Comparison of Multipoint Collectors (Detectors) of Ions

Time-to-Digital Converters

Origin and Uses of Metastable Ions

Linked Scanning and Metastable Ions in Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry

Linked Scanning and Metastable Ions in Magnetic Sector Mass Spectrometry

Gas Chromatography (GC) and Liquid Chromatography (LC)

Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)

Liquid Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS)

High Resolution Accurate Mass Measurement: Element Compositions

Choice of Mass Spectrometer

Analysis of Peptides and Proteins by Mass Spectrometry

EPA Protocols

Computers and Transputers in Mass Spectrometers, Part A

Computers and Transputers in Mass Spectrometers, Part B

Computers and Transputers in Mass Spectrometers, Part C

An Introduction to Biotechnology

Isotopes and Mass Spectrometry

Use of Isotope Ratios

Variations in Isotope Ratios

Transmission of Ions through Inhomogeneous RF Fields


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Analytic
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical