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EPSRC Reference: EP/L027240/1
Title: Core Capability for Chemistry Research: Cardiff School of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry
Principal Investigator: Knowles, Professor PJ
Other Investigators:
McKeown, Professor N Allemann, Professor RK Fallis, Dr I
Hutchings, Professor G Redman, Dr JE Taylor, Professor SH
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: Cardiff University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 January 2014 Ends: 31 March 2014 Value (£): 980,729
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Mass spectrometry is one of the four core analytical techniques that underpin chemistry research. Mass spectrometry instrumentation has advanced considerably in recent years, in particular in the range of molecules that can be ionised, greater resolution and sensitivity, ion mobility and controlled fragmentation to yield structural information, and improved coupling to other analytical methods. Here we propose three new mass spectrometry instruments that will meet the needs of current and future research at the Cardiff School of Chemistry and our collaborators in academia and industry.

One instrument will comprise a liquid chromatography - mass spectrometry system featuring controlled fragmentation and an ion mobility cell. This instrument will permit separation of species in complex mixtures using chromatography and ion mobility, which is combined with the structural information provided by fragmentation followed by accurate mass measurement. This instrument will be valuable for analysis of biomolecules, thus supporting projects in synthetic-biology and chemical-biology.

A thermogravimetric analyser coupled to an infrared spectrometer and mass spectrometer will allow chemical identification of volatile molecules evolved during controlled heating of solids. The instrument will particularly benefit projects in bioenergy, biomass processing and high performance materials.

An inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer with HPLC and laser ablation front ends will allow determination of trace metals in a wide range of samples. The instrument will be put to use across a wide range of projects, including materials for medical devices, coordination chemistry of amyloid peptides, and heterogeneous catalysis.

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