Mass Spectrometry Application Areas

Mass spectrometry covers many applications areas

Mass spectrometry is applicable across diverse applications, including forensic toxicology, metabolomics, pharma/biopharma and clinical research. Listed below are some application areas in which mass spectrometry has been used to discover, deduce and quantify sample compounds.

Mass spectrometry applications features


Learn more about how high resolution mass spectrometry can be applied towards untargeted global metabolomics and metabolome-wide association studies in the study of aging, toxicity and disease.


Understand the ways in which UHPLC-MS is being used to study thousands of human metabolites in health and disease through a large-scale untargeted metabolic profiling project called HUSERMET.

Understand when GC-MS and LC-MS can be applied towards the detection and quantitation of agricultural pesticides.

Applications areas

Metabolomics Mass Spectrometry

Mass spectrometry, coupled with different chromatography techniques (GC, IC and LC), can routinely analyze hundreds of compounds in a single sample and run, making it a very powerful, high-throughput process for metabolomics and lipidomics. Learn more about how the advancement of high resolution accurate mass (HRAM) MS systems, as well as enhanced metabolite databases/libraries, enables you to assess metabolites with high selectivity and sensitivity.

Environmental Testing

Environmental toxins in air, water and soil are routinely analyzed via mass spectrometry because this technology offers unprecedented resolution and detection of trace contaminants. As such, MS technology meets the rigorous demands of US EPA and EU directives. Find out more about how MS, combined with GC, LC and IC separation techniques, excels at environmental testing and analysis.

Pharma & Biopharma

Pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals must undergo rigorous processes of testing, production and verification. MS systems and associated workflows expedite these processes by aiding in the discovery and characterization of candidate compounds, as well as their safety and efficacy testing. Learn more about how MS technology helps bring new drugs and treatments to market.