As well as providing routine mass spectral analysis, the mass spectrometry laboratory is also home to more advanced applications development and non-routine analysis. The facility works closely with the neighbouring NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility.
Further details are available on the Mass spectrometry website.
The idea of using magnetic field to separate ions of different masses has been around for about a century. Recent developments allow us to do this for ever more complex molecules.
The mass spectrometry facilities at Bristol enable us to look at molecular ions and fragmentation patterns for almost any species including biological samples that were, until a few years ago, impossible to study using these techniques.