Students and MassSpecpecD BV win the COAST Community Challenge Award 2018

posted Jun 10, 2018, 1:39 AM by Maurice Janssen   [ updated Jun 10, 2018, 3:23 AM ]

During the two-day international conference Forum for Analytical Science and Technology (29-30 May 2018 in Veldhoven, the Netherlands) a group of six students and MassSpecpecD BV won the COAST Community Challenge Award 2018 for the `most significant and innovative research proposal aiming at solving a COAST participant's Analytical Challenge`

The winning ("Sweaty") student team: from left Iris Groeneveld (MSc student University of Amsterdam / VU University and MSc+), Nienke van Dongen (MSc student Wageningen University & Research and MSc+), Fleur van Beek (PhD student in the MANIAC project at UvA), Ruben Kers (MSc student UvA/VU and MSc+), and Leon Niezen (MSc student UvA/VU); not present on the picture and 6th member of the winning student team is Rianne van Outersterp (MSc student UvA/VU and MSc+). In the middle Maurice Janssen (MassSpecpecD BV) and on the right Professor Peter Schoenmakers (University of Amsterdam), chairman of the FAST-2018 conference and board member of the public-private Analytical Science Consortium COAST (

As part of the COAST Challenge Award 2018, the student team will work the coming year on the implementation proposed by the winning students as a solution for the challenge submitted to the FAST-2018 competition by MassSpecpecD BV on 'how to hyphenate GC and LC with the MS-PECD chiral mass spectrometry technology'. The hyphenation-project aims to broaden the application area of the multi-component chiral MS technology that is currently under development by MassSpecpecD BV.

The FAST-2018 conference in Veldhoven focused on Analytical Science and Technology and the application areas in which this discipline plays a significant role. In various sessions, renowned experts from industry and academia shared their most recent results and accomplishments. The larger part of the program was based on abstracts submitted by industrial experts and young scientists from academia. Parallel lecture sessions were dedicated to specific application areas including Life Sciences, Chemistry, Energy, Materials, Food, Water, and High-Tech. The full 2-day program can be accessed here (Program FAST-2018) and the book of abstracts can be accessed here (Book-of-Abstracts-FAST-2018).

The FAST conference is the 2-day annual forum for all novel and innovative analytical science and technology that is performed by the COAST participants, regardless of whether this is done in the framework of a COAST project or not. The public-private Analytical Sciences consortium COAST aims to advance Dutch excellence in its top sectors by providing pivotal analytical knowledge and instruments based on fundamental science, and by ensuring transfer of analytical expertise between application areas. COAST aims to achieve this by securing and improving Dutch expertise in analytical science and technologies. Further information on the public-private consortium COAST can be found here: www.ti-coast-com.

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Introduction to PECD by prof. Ivan Powis at Tulip VII Summer School, Noordwijk, NL (3-6 April 2018)

posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:52 AM by Maurice Janssen

Lecturers, organisation and participants of Tulip VII in Noordwijk, April 2018. Sitting from left to right, Ineke Weijer (organisation), prof. Wybren Jan Buma (University of Amsterdam, co-chair), Prof. Bas van de Meerakker (Radboud University, NL), Prof. Adam Cohen (Harvard, USA), Prof. Christian Bressler (European XFEL, Hamburg, DE), Prof. Ivan Powis (University of Nottingham, UK), Prof. Samuel Leutwyler (University of Bern, CH), Prof. Thomas Ebbesen (University of Strasbourg, FR), dr. Maurice Janssen (MassSpecpecD BV, co-chair), Miep Smits-Weijers (organisation).

During the VII Tulip Summer School on Modern Developments in Spectroscopy (chaired by prof. Wybren Jan Buma and dr. Maurice Janssen) highly qualified scientists presented introductory and specialized lectures on various topics in the field of spectroscopiy and dynamics of (bio)molecular systems. The topics ranged from frequency-resolved spectroscopic studies of gaseous molecules, time-resolved studies using X-ray Free-Electron-Laser radiation, real-time dynamics in motor neurons, quantum state-resolved scattering of cold molecules, photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular nanophotonics.
During this year's Tulip VII Prof. Ivan Powis (University of Nottigham, UK) introduced PhotoElectron CircularDichroism (PECD) as part of his lectures on the role of the continuum electron in modern spectroscopy. Below you can see some of the enthusiastic discussions on PECD between prof. Powis and the Tulip participants (Master students, graduate students and postdocs from all over Europe).

Prof. Ivan Powis lecturing and discussing PhotoElectron Circular Dichroism with the enthusiastic participants at Tulip VII 2018.

     At Tulip VII other lectures on Modern Developments in Spectroscopy were presented by 
     Prof. Christian Bressler, European XFEL, Germany; 
     Prof. Adam Cohen, Harvard University, USA; 
     Prof. Thomas Ebbesen, ISIS-ULP, France; 
     Prof. Samuel Leutwyler, Universität Bern, Switzerland; 
     Prof. Bas van de Meerakker, Radboud University, The Netherlands.

The scientific journal PhysicalChemistryChemicalPhysics was again the sponsor of the PCCP Tulip VII Summer School Award:
Pictured (left to right): Prof. Wybren Jan Buma (co-chair of the Tulip Summer School), Meissa Diouf (PCCP Poster prize winner for best presentation), Prof. Ivan Powis (lecturer at Tulip2018 and presenting the award on behalf of the committee of all 6 Tulip lecturers) and Dr. Maurice Janssen (co-chair of the Tulip Summer School).

See the blog item by PCCP here.

The Tulip Summer School is one of the educational activities organized by the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC) and has been held on a tri-annual basis since 2001. The HRSMC is a collaboration between top research groups of four Dutch Universities: the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the VU University Amsterdam (VU), Leiden University (UL) and the Radboud University (RU). It's main mission is to provide an extensive training programme for PhD students in chemistry. The HRSMC has been approved by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The HRSMC research school creates the conditions for a successful collaboration between the participating research groups and offers an extensive training programme for the PhD students in inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry, crystallography and mass spectrometry. For further information on the HRSMC see the website

Public evening lecture on MS-PECD at Chemical Circle Den Bosch, NL (13 March 2018)

posted Mar 30, 2018, 1:45 AM by Maurice Janssen

Our Founder&CEO dr. Maurice Janssen gave a public evening lecture on MS-PECD at the Chemical Circle Den Bosch. The lecture (1.5 hours) was attended by an enthusiastic audience of former and present professionals in chemical and life sciences in the wider region around the historic town of Den Bosch in the southern part of the Netherlands.

The Chemical Circle Den Bosch was (re)founded in 1954 and is one of six circles that are part of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV). The circles are responsible for organizing informal activities across the country for chemists and other interested parties, such as lectures on current topics and excursions. 

Founded in 1903, the KNCV is the professional association of chemists, life scientists and process technologists in the Netherlands. The KNCV is the largest chemical professional association in the Netherlands. The member base consists of people with a shared passion for molecules and includes chemists, life scientists, process technologists and (bio-)molecular scientists. The 8,500 members, who work hard to bring the variety and richness of the molecular field to life, operate in business, education and government or study at universities or institutions of higher education in Netherlands.

For more information on the Chemical Circle Den Bosch see their impressive website and archives here
For more information on the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) see here

The city's official name 's-Hertogenbosch is a contraction of the Dutch des Hertogen bosch—"the Duke's forest". The duke in question was Duke Henry I of Brabant, whose family had owned a large estate at nearby Orthen for at least four centuries. He founded a new town located on some forested dunes in the middle of a marsh. At age 26, he granted 's-Hertogenbosch city rights and the corresponding trade privileges in 1185.

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MassSpecpecD BV joins Public-Private Analytical Sciences Community of Innovation COAST (Dec 2017)

posted Dec 18, 2017, 2:40 AM by Maurice Janssen

During the annual Participants Council of the COAST Institute for Analytical Sciences (13 December 2017 in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam) our company MassSpecpecD BV joined this Public-Private Community of Innovation for the Analytical Sciences.

COAST's mission is to strengthen analytical science in the Netherlands by uniting R&D, human capital and infrastructure.

coast focus

COAST aims to advance Dutch excellence in its topsectors by providing pivotal analytical knowledge and instruments based on fundamental science and by ensuring transfer of analytical expertise between application areas. COAST plans to achieve this by securing and improving Dutch expertise in analytical science and technologies.

MassSpecpecD BV will develop partnerships within the COAST community, both with Private and Academic partners, to further develop the novel technology of Mass-Selective PhotoElectron Circular Dichroism (MS-PECD) and to validate novel analytical applications of MS-PECD technology in the field of Food, Flavor and Fragrances; Pharmaceutical R&D; Agrochemicals; Volatile Organic Biomarkers in Medical Diagnostics. 

MassSpecpecD BV will also open up its R&D Laboratory for direct MS of chiral mixtures to interested users. The MS-PECD lab is embedded in the Institute for Molecules and Materials at the Radboud University, Nijmegen.
R&D Laboratory for MS-PECD at Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL

For more information on COAST see the website here:

Colloquium on MS-PECD by dr. Janssen at Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, NL (7 Nov 2017)

posted Nov 13, 2017, 2:20 AM by Maurice Janssen

Dr. Maurice Janssen (left), Prof. Ivan Powis (middle) and Prof. David Parker (right) in the MS-PECD laboratory at the Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL (7 November 2017).

On 7th November 2017 our Founder and CEO dr. Maurice Janssen presented a colloquium on MS-PECD at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) of the Sciences Faculty of the Radboud University Nijmegen. 
Since the spring of 2017 the MS-PECD laboratory, that was formerly in the academic group of our CEO at LaserLaB Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is located and embedded within the Molecular and Laser Physics group of prof. David Parker at IMM in Nijmegen. Here the R&D on laser-based MS-PECD will be continued in the direction of fundamental studies of multi-component chiral mixtures, as well as in more applied analytical directions of chiral molecules in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Sciences, Food and Fragrances, Pesticides and the role of chiral chemicals in the bio-ecosphere.

Prof. Ivan Powis, University of Nottingham, one of the founders of the field of PhotoElectronChiralDichroism and special advisor of our company MassSpecpecD BV, was present during the lecture in Nijmegen for further discussions and a collaborative research project executed at the University of Amsterdam (dr. Wim Roeterdink and prof. Wybren Jan Buma) and Nijmegen, within the LaserLabEurope access program

From left to right: Ayse Duran, Hassan Ganjitabar, prof. Ivan Powis, prof. Wybren Jan Buma, dr. Wim Roeterdink and Dhirendra Singh in the laser laboratory for Molecular Photonics at the van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at University of Amstedam for a collaborative MS-PECD project within the LaserLabEurope access program (9 Nov 2017).

The Colloquium by Maurice Janssen at the IMM Radboud University Nijmegen can be viewed below:

MS-PECD Introduced at First International Conference on Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and Applications to Trace Gas Analysis, Dornbirn, Austria, 18-20 September 2017

posted Sep 21, 2017, 8:19 AM by Maurice Janssen

Our Founder & CEO dr. Maurice Janssen presented a lecture on MS-PECD at the First International Conference on Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and Applications to Trace Gas Analysis. The conference was chaired by Prof. Chris Mayhew (University of Innsbruck / Birmingham) and Prof. Karl Unterkofler (FH Voralberg Dornbirn).

The need for quantitative and rapid detection of chemical compounds in complex environments and at ultralow concentrations provides significant challenges to analytical chemistry for applications in many areas. Soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometric techniques can be used to address some of these challenges, and hence are key technologies for many analytical applications, ranging from atmospheric chemistry through to homeland security.

The aim of this conference was to provide a forum for discussions on research, instrumentation and applications of soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometric (SCIMS) techniques, with a particular focus on the technologies of PTR-MS, IMS, IMS/MS and SIFT-MS, covering many of areas of applications, but with an emphasis on fundamental research and development, atmospheric chemistry, homeland security, and the environmental, food and health sciences.

The full program can be viewed here.

The lecture by Maurice Janssen can be viewed here:

MS-PECD: A powerful analytical tool

Perspective on MS-PECD in journal 'Current Trends in Mass Spectrometry'

posted May 10, 2017, 6:15 AM by Maurice Janssen

In the May 2017 issue of the journal 'Current Trends in Mass Spectrometry' a review on the current status of MS-PECD, authored by our Founder&CEO Maurice H.M. Janssen and our advisor Prof. Ivan Powis,  is presented. The peer-reviewed paper presents an introduction to the novel MS-PECD technique for the direct Mass Spectrometric analysis of chiral molecules in complex mixtures and the quantitative measurement of enantiomeric excess. The paper reviews the latest developments of the (MS)-PECD technique till the beginning of 2017.
The journal 'Current Trends in Mass Spectrometry'  is published by which is the premier global resource for unbiased, peer-reviewed technical information on the field of chromatography and the separation sciences. Combining all of the resources from the regional editions (LCGC North America, LCGC Europe, and LCGC Asia-Pacific) of the award winning magazines, they deliver practical, nuts-and-bolts information to help the audience of scientists and lab managers become more proficient in the use of chromatographic techniques and instrumentation, thereby making laboratories more productive and businesses around the world more successful.

The paper can be found at this link.

MS-PECD presented at Chiroptics International Bunsen Discussion Meeting, 5-8 April 2017, Munich, Germany

posted Apr 9, 2017, 3:05 AM by Maurice Janssen

At the 5-8 April 2017 International Bunsen Discussion Meeting on Chiroptics in Munich, Germany, our founder and CEO dr. Maurice H.M. Janssen, presented a lecture on the novel laser based MS-PECD technology for direct Mass Spectrometry of chiral molecules. The Chiroptics network and the Discussion Meeting in Munich discussed the present state of the relevance of chiroptical systems for enantio-analysis of dilute samples with low enantiomeric excess. By virtue of the subject, spectroscopic methods and the chiroptical properties of molecular systems in the gas phase were at the focus of the meeting. Strong emphasis was put on topics such as chirality at surfaces, chiroptical nanoparticles and chiral functional systems. Furthermore, enantio-selective processes and nanofabrication of chiroptical systems were among the discussed topics.

More information on the program of the Munich meeting and the network is available on the website:

(MS)-PECD Chirality@Berlin 22-24 March 2017

posted Apr 4, 2017, 3:34 AM by Maurice Janssen

In back-to-back lectures on 23-24 March 2017 at two renowned research institutes in Berlin, the Max Born Institute (Department of prof. Marc Vrakking) and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (Department of prof. Gerard Meijer), our founder dr. Maurice Janssen and our advisor prof. Ivan Powis (University of Nottingham, UK), presented the recent developments around (MS)-PECD.

The lectures and discussions on this novel enantiomer-selective and highly sensitive method for direct Mass Spectrometry of chiral molecules were received with enthusiastic response by the researchers from the Berlin institutes and visiting scientists.

MassSpecpecD BV becomes associate partner of European-Funded Marie Curie Innovative Training Network ASPIRE

posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:07 AM by Maurice Janssen

In April 2016 the new ASPIRE (Angular Studies of Photoelectron in Innovative Research Environments) Network started with a kick-off meeting by the groupleaders and associate partners in Nottingham, UK. The ASPIRE network, chaired by Prof. Katharine Reid, and funded within the EU Horizon2020 program, will focus on the measurement of Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions (MF-PADs), which can be interpreted as electron diffraction patterns achieved by “illuminating the molecule from within”, and enable the electronic structure and dynamics of molecules to be interrogated. Progress in this area is highly technologically driven, requiring ever more sophisticated light sources and faster detectors. The input of private sector beneficiaries and partner organizations is therefore critical to the scientific objectives, as well as to the enhanced training environment provided by the network.

In December 2016 a first meeting was held in Aarhus introducing the new Early Stage Researchers to the network participants.

Further info on the ASPIRE network can be found here: 

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