A Mass Spectrometer in Every Fume Hood

  • Ethan M. McBride
  • Guido F. Verbeck
Critical Insight


Since their inception, mass spectrometers have played a pivotal role in the direction and application of synthetic chemical research. The ability to develop new instrumentation to solve current analytical challenges in this area has always been at the heart of mass spectrometry, although progress has been slow at times. Herein, we briefly review the history of how mass spectrometry has been used to approach challenges in organic chemistry, how new developments in portable instrumentation and ambient ionization have been used to open novel areas of research, and how current techniques have the ability to expand on our knowledge of synthetic mechanisms and kinetics. Lastly, we discuss the relative paucity of work done in recent years to embrace the concept of improving benchtop synthetic chemistry with mass spectrometry, the disconnect between applications and fundamentals within these studies, and what hurdles still need to be overcome.

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Synthesis Direct inject Mass spectrometry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.CHEM 195DentonUSA

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