Technology is best when it brings people together.
Or rather, researchers.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted full approval for a liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry (LC-MS) system.
Now, both student and faculty researchers will have a new, fully-funded addition to their research technology.
“This instrument system will help train the next generation of scientists at MSU,” said Dr. Richard Biagioni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Missouri State University.
The nuts and bolts
Knowledge is powerful, and so is this system.
“The liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry system is an analytical tool that allows for analyzing complex mixtures and detecting components in those mixtures at very low concentrations,” Biagioni said.
These kinds of systems are commonly used in techniques to profile biological tissue on a molecular level, such as blood plasma and secondary metabolites in plants.
The advantages of using such instruments include high selectivity, short development times and the ability for multiplexing, or sending multiple portions of data through one channel.
The LC-MS system should make its debut on campus in early November.
Making it possible
Having many uses, the number of users of the new LC-MS system will not be limited.
“It will be heavily used in productive research for different individuals,” Biagioni said. “That’s a big reason NSF is willing to support this funding.”
These individuals from the areas of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, and research administration helped make this possible through their research proposals and behind-the-scenes work: