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

posted Dec 18, 2017, 2:40 AM by Maurice Janssen   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 2:41 AM ]

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   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 3:45 AM ]

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   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 1:40 AM ]

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   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 2:49 AM ]

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   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 2:01 AM ]

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   [ updated May 11, 2017, 1:52 AM ]

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   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 7:08 AM ]

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: 

MS-PECD introduced at CHemistry As INnovating Science 2016 (CHAINS), 6-8 December 2016, the Netherlands

posted Dec 8, 2016, 4:05 AM by Maurice Janssen   [ updated Dec 8, 2016, 6:09 AM ]

At the annual gathering of some 1500 scientists in the field of Chemical Sciences, organized by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO), MassSpecpecD BV presented the new science and technology of direct Mass Spectrometry of Chiral Molecules.

The slides of the lecture 'Removing the chiral blindfold of Mass Spectrometry', by our founder and CEO, dr. Maurice H.M. Janssen, can be viewed below:

Removing the chiral blindfold of Mass Spectrometry

MS-PECD discussed in 2016 Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry publication on Mass Selective Chiral Analysis by Boesl and Kartouzian

posted Oct 26, 2016, 3:18 AM by Maurice Janssen   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 3:18 AM ]

In a recent paper on Mass Selective Chiral Analysis in Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry (2016) by Boesl and Kartouzian from Technical University Munich (Germany), MS-PECD is discussed and compared with two other techniques, enantioselective MS via diastereomers and CD-LAMS.

The full paper can be directly accessed at this link (pdf).

Advancing Enantiomer Analysis: The story behind the development of MS-PECD in May 2016 issue of The Analytical Scientist

posted May 29, 2016, 10:05 PM by Maurice Janssen   [ updated May 29, 2016, 10:11 PM ]

In the May 2016 issue of The Analytical Scientist a background story by Maurice Janssen appeared on the development of MS-PECD, a winner of the TASIA Innovation Award 2015. The paper Advancing Enantiomer Analysis can be read here (MS-PECD story pdf link), and the full issue can be viewed here (full May issue pdf).

The Analytical Scientist is a monthly global business journal/portal subscribed by some 90-thousand professionals in science, industry, government institutes and related segments, focusing on new developments and topics of interest to the general audience of these professionals in Analytical Sciences.

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