The new chapter in Orbitrap GC-MS

We are three years into our journey with Thermo Scientific™ Orbitrap™ GC-MS. It has been a real privilege to watch the story unfold and to see the world embrace this technology. We saw some of the first data on the Thermo Scientific™ Q Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ GC-MS/MS system in 2014. We knew we had something special, but we could not have predicted how popular this technology would become and how fast it would impact so many different applications areas.


In fact, since its release there have been almost 40 peer-reviewed publications that center around or include Orbitrap™ GC-MS. These span many different areas such as food, environmental, metabolomics, anti-doping, pharmaceuticals, and industrial products—just to name a few.


We also love to closely follow the experiences of scientists that have adopted this technology in their laboratories. These scientist and many more have achieved a great deal, in just three short years, with this technology in their hands. Many more discoveries and advancements are just around the corner. It is indeed a new chapter in GC-MS and a very exciting one to be a part of.


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MEET Battery Research Center, University of Münster
Dr. Sascha Nowak, Head of the Analytics and Environment Division, has been using GC Orbitrap technology to get new insights into lithium ion battery degradation. He told us, “We can see many more compounds that we hadn’t seen before—including intermediates from the start of the reaction—which helps us establish reaction mechanisms.”

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UCLA Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
Kym Francis Faull, Ph.D., Professor and Laboratory Director, uses his Q Exactive™ GC Orbitrap GC-MS/MS system in a broad variety of applications to advance research in a number of areas such as detecting leaching components of ruptured breast implants in blood and organic residue analysis in ancient artefacts, to name a few. “The Q Exactive is doing all the work we were able to do before, but better—due to greater sensitivity and more accuracy. It is a huge leap forward for us.”

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Laboratori de l’Agència de Salut Püblica de Barcelona
Dr. Nuria Cortés-Francisco uses GC Orbitrap technology to increase confidence in her analytical results during food and environmental testing. She says, “Confidence in analytical results is extremely important because they have legal and financial consequences. We need to eliminate chances of false positive or false negatives. Though we routinely use triple quadrupole instruments, if we get any inconclusive results, we go to GC Orbitrap MS/MS technology to add additional specificity and sensitivity to our workflows.”

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