Thermo Fisher Scientific Adds Chemical Ionization Capability and Direct Probe Options to Newest Triple Quadrupole GC-MS System

24 Sep 2012
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced the addition of negative and positive ion chemical ionization (CI) capabilities to its new high-performance Thermo Scientific TSQ 8000 triple quadrupole GC-MS system.

The addition of chemical ionization to the TSQ™ 8000 GC-MS/MS increases the analytical options available to the user for addressing the diverse challenges of complex, trace level analysis. Chemical ionization can be used for applications such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and methods that utilize halogenated derivatized reagents including estrogenic compounds or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in hair.

“Since the TSQ 8000 GC-MS/MS has been introduced, users have lauded the high performance it offers, along with the software tools that make that performance easily achievable in routine analysis,” said Paul Silcock, triple quadrupole GC-MS marketing manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “The addition of CI to the system, in combination with smart software tools, such as Thermo Scientific AutoSRM and Thermo Scientific TraceFinder software, makes it easy for users to address further the chemical diversity they face in their most challenging analyses.”

In addition to the CI capability, Thermo Fisher also introduced direct insertion and direct exposure probe options, which further enhance the user’s ability to analyze samples in the TSQ 8000 mass spectrometer. These options are especially useful in combination with MS/MS for applications such as the rapid structural characterization of chemical reaction products, which are important in chemical research and academic applications.

The TSQ 8000 GC-MS/MS system is designed to make it easier than ever to realize the analytical advantages of triple quadrupole GC-MS methodology. The higher performance provided by the system enables analysts to view their target compounds at lower concentration levels, making new analyses possible and increasing confidence in results. By reducing errors and removing the need for repeat injections of the same sample, the new instrument also reduces costs and saves time in the laboratory. In addition, the greater selectivity of the instrument enables the analysis of more complex matrices, reducing the need for sample preparation and improving turnaround times and throughput.

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