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Fast Identification of Artificial Vanilla Flavor in Vanilla Extract by ASAP® Compact Mass Spectrometry

The expression CMS coupled with the Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe (ASAP®) is used to quickly identify the presence of artificial vanilla, as well as confirm the purity of products marketed as such. This technique provides a fast and easy method for purity analysis.

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Fast Screening for Purity and Adulterants in Coconut Oil by ASAP® Compact Mass Spectrometry

The expression CMS coupled with the Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe (ASAP®) is used to determine purity and detect adulterants in coconut oil. In this application note, pure coconut oil is tested against a sample of coconut oil adulterated with canola oil for comparative data analysis and a fast and easy method for purity analysis.

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Analyses of Different Grades of Olive Oil by Volatile Mass Spectrometry

In this application note, we demonstrate the use of the Advion expression CMS with a volatile 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 and…

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Sudan Dyes Analysis Using Compact Mass Spectrometry with TLC Interface

Sudan Dyes are synthesized azo-dyes which are widely used to generate color in plastics, leather, fabrics, oil, waxes, etc. They are classified as Group 3 carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and are banned as food additives worldwide. However, in some countries these dyes are still occasionally used in order to…

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Mistletoe: Kiss of Love or Death?

Using Thin-Layer Chromatography with Compact Mass Spectrometry A sprig of mistletoe symbolizes a tradition of romance; however, reputed to be the “kiss of  death,” mistletoe is said by some to be so poisonous that humans can be killed if they  ingest the leaves or berries. In the spirit of the Holiday season and to ensure…

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To Catch the Candy Thief: Who stole my chocolate?

An office colleague has stolen a prized chocolate bar, and Dr. Eikel with the help of his partner, Dr. Henion, use an ASAP enabled expression CMS to determine whodunnit. This application note describes the process, and points the finger at the guilty culprit!

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Dyestuff Analysis of Cultural Heritage Objects by Direct Analysis Probe on a Compact Mass Spectrometer

The scientific investigation of cultural heritage objects is the only access to knowledge about long-gone, ancient societies and their cultural, technological as well as their social  stage of development. In addition, the materials used by our ancestors, e.g. their textiles and the organic dyestuff to colorize these materials, allow researchers to draw some conclusions about…

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Natural Product Analysis Using Compact Mass Spectrometry with Polarity Switching and In-source CID

Natural products, the underlying active components and their use in traditional medicine are of increased interest in the field of pharmaceutical research. The naturally occurring active ingredients are ideal chemical starting structures to improve upon in the  pharmaceutical drug development process and consequently half of all currently approved  drugs in the US are based on…

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Direct Sample Analysis: Detecting THC/Cannabinoids in Contraband by Compact Mass Spectrometry

This is an expanded application note with more data regarding direct sample analysis of THC in suspected contraband and on skin. Direct sample analysis is possible via an Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe (ASAP®) combined with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) on a compact mass spectrometer (CMS). This technique allows for the rapid investigation (<30 sec)…

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Rapid Determination of Aflatoxins in Corn Flour by LC/CMS

Aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2) produced by certain fungi (Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasificus) are toxic metabolites which have been associated with various diseases, such as aflatoxicosis, in livestock, domestic animals and humans throughout the world. Many methods can be used for Aflatoxins analysis, including TLC, HPLC, immunoassay, LCMS etc. Of all the methods, the…

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Environmental Analysis

Quantitation of Perchlorate by Ion Chromatography with Suppressed Conductivity on the expression CMS Perchlorate is a synthetic chemical that is used in the manufacture of rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and explosives, and can also be present in bleaches and some fertilizers [1]. The EPA has devised drinking water regulations for Perchlorate to minimize its impact…

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