Mass Spectrometry: From Avogadro to Zeptomole

Mar 17, 2011
Lecture Theatre X1, School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK

Speaker: Dr. Mick Cooper

A mass spectrometer is a scientific instrument capable of measuring mass to a precision of one part in a billion, when dealing with the mass of an atom, but additionally providing extremely accurate measurements when dealing with ever larger molecules, such as DNA fragments, all on the basis of minuscule amounts of material. They have become increasingly used in a wide range of scientific applications, from the furthest reaches of the solar system to the smallest constituents of the atom. I'll be providing a whirlwind tour of these indispensable instruments, hopefully with a few live demonstrations on the way.

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