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How to get the most out of High-Resolution GC-MS



  September 22, 2020

  8:00 a.m. PDT, 11:00 a.m. EDT, 16:00 BST, 17:00 CEST - Duration: 60 Minutes




Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) is widely used to separate compounds in complex mixtures, and analytes are typically identified through library database searches. This sounds like a very straightforward process in principle, but in practice compound identification can be complicated by having multiple high-scoring database matches or low-scoring matches for coeluting peaks. Furthermore, many compounds may not be registered in the database. Therefore, new analytical techniques are needed that make use of the information from high-resolution measurements and soft ionization methods.

In this presentation, we will discuss a new GC-MS analysis workflow that uses high resolution MS in combination with EI and soft ionization methods. The data interpretation software automatically generates a color-coded qualitative analysis report for all analytes present in the sample. The new workflow consists of chromatographic peak deconvolution followed by database matching, elemental composition determination for the molecular ion, isotope pattern matching, and EI fragment accurate mass analysis to identify the most likely candidate for compounds registered in the databases. This information can also facilitate the identification of compounds that are not in the database. A variety of samples will be presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of this new workflow.

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Learning about a new automated workflow that can simplify GC-HRMS data analysis
  • Simplifying qualitative analysis through the use of EI and soft ionization with HRMS

Who Should Attend

  • Laboratory managers
  • Analytical chemists
  • Synthetic chemists
  • Fine chemical suppliers


John Dane
Senior MS Applications Chemist,


Catherine Dold
Health & Environment Writer,
C&EN Media Group