Plate Express

Plate Express™ is a device that provides a simple, automated means of obtaining mass spectra directly from TLC plates, combined with Advion’s expression® compact mass spectrometer (CMS) creating a technique known as TLC/CMS. Using this technique chemists can quickly and confidently identify products even in complex mixtures without additional sample preparation.

  • Identify spots in <1 minute
  • Avoid the risk of overloading the mass spectrometer – TLC spots contain the ideal amount of sample for mass spectrometry
  • Software controlled – spectra obtained within a few mouse clicks
  • Simplify the process of obtaining spectra – ideal for multi-user labs

Watch the video: PlateExpress: How It Works

expression CMS Success Stories

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Research Analyst – University of Leiden

“I incorporated the expression CMS as a TLC/MS system because of its simplicity, low cost and the brilliant combination with the Plate Express.”

Dr. Hans van den Elst, Research Analyst, University of Leiden

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Department of Chemistry – Creighton University

“It’s easy, walk-up use with straightforward swapping of ESI and APCI sources make it a reliable, productive tool for determining synthetic success.”

Dr. Martin Hulce, Department of Chemistry, Creighton University

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Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Research Program – UNC School of Medicine

“The convenience of having a mass spectrometer in our laboratory means that we can increase working efficiencies.”

Dr. Zibo Li, Department of Radiology UNC School of Medicine

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Department for Homogeneous Catalysis, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

“Rapid characterization of reaction products combined with the lowest effort of sample preparation”

List Research Group, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

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Recent expression CMS Publications

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expression CMS Application Notes

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Identification of a Pesticide Used in Lawn Care by vAPCI Compact Mass Spectrometry

At regular intervals throughout the year a local lawn service applies pesticides to the lawn surrounding the Advion headquarters in Ithaca, NY. The grass is very uniform and not a single dandelion or crabgrass plant is visible – so we wondered, what chemical do they use? After an application in the early spring, we sampled…

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Analyses of Different Grades of Olive Oil by Vapor Mass Spectrometry

In this application note, we demonstrate the use of the Advion expression CMS with a vapor APCI (vAPCI) ion source to analyze extra-virgin, virgin, and lampante olive oil samples. We show statistical analysis allowing us to categorize and identify olive oil samples by their grade. This technique allows us to test individual olive oil samples…

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Classifying Cheeses by vAPCI Compact Mass Spectrometry

In this application note we demonstrate the capability of the Advion expressions CMS to analyze volatile fatty acids of various types of cheeses using our vapor APCI (vAPCI) ion source. By heating the cheese samples, we released various volatile compounds, mainly fatty acids, and analyzed the headspace without any sample preparation or derivatization. We then…

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Screening of Dietary Supplements by ASAP® Compact Mass Spectrometry

In this application note, we demonstrate the use of the Advion expressionL CMS with an atmospheric solids analysis probe (ASAP) ion source to analyze two supplements (figure 1) that contain DMBA, a synthetic stimulant that has not been tested on humans. The substance is the chemical cousin to drug DBAA, which is currently banned by…

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