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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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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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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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Complete Reaction-Monitoring Solution

Reaction monitoring is a key aspect in a range of chemistry environments from chemical synthesis to drug discovery to understanding natural products and protein synthesis. To understand the optimal time to quench a reaction for maximum yield as well as to monitor a reaction real-time is vital to many medicinal and synthetic organic chemists. The…

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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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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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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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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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THC Plant Material Analysis Using Compact Mass Spectrometry for Product Control and Law Enforcement of cannabis-related Plant Products

Analysis of the active components of the cannabis sativa plant is required both for law enforcement where these compounds are illegal and also as a tool for product control and optimization in the increasing number of legal markets for cannabis plant products. Whenever simple, unequivocal and legally defensible  analysis methods for the detection and quantification…

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

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) of material suspected of containing THC/cannabinoids.

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