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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(1), 104; doi:10.3390/ijms17010104

Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry: The Transformation of Modern Environmental Analyses

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Department of Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79416, USA
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Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA
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Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA 02451, USA
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Academic Editor: Laszlo Prokai
Received: 30 October 2015 / Revised: 21 December 2015 / Accepted: 28 December 2015 / Published: 14 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry in Molecular Sciences)
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Unknown compounds in environmental samples are difficult to identify using standard mass spectrometric methods. Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FTMS) has revolutionized how environmental analyses are performed. With its unsurpassed mass accuracy, high resolution and sensitivity, researchers now have a tool for difficult and complex environmental analyses. Two features of FTMS are responsible for changing the face of how complex analyses are accomplished. First is the ability to quickly and with high mass accuracy determine the presence of unknown chemical residues in samples. For years, the field has been limited by mass spectrometric methods that were based on knowing what compounds of interest were. Secondly, by utilizing the high resolution capabilities coupled with the low detection limits of FTMS, analysts also could dilute the sample sufficiently to minimize the ionization changes from varied matrices. View Full-Text
Keywords: mass spectrometry; environmental; high resolution; Orbitrap; FTMS mass spectrometry; environmental; high resolution; Orbitrap; FTMS
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Lim, L.; Yan, F.; Bach, S.; Pihakari, K.; Klein, D. Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry: The Transformation of Modern Environmental Analyses. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 104.

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