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Mass Spectrometry: The race of the fastest fragment Virtual Lab

Dive into a virtual laboratory to discover the secrets of mass spectrometry. From the structure of the instrument to the interpretation of different spectra, no fragmentation pattern will remain a mystery to you!

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Mass Spectrometry: The race of the fastest fragment

About this Simulation

About this simulation

Begin familiarizing yourself with the different components of a mass spectrometer by interacting with engaging mini-games. Captivating images and scientifically accurate analogies will turn mass spectrometry into an understandable and appealing topic!

The structure of a mass spectrometer

In this simulation, you will learn all there is to know about the basic functionalities of a mass spectrometer. You will also master spectra interpretation with examples that mimic real-life exams. Explore the instrument with our artistic posters and gain a strong understanding of the three fundamental parts. An engaging mini-game will test your understanding of mass over charge ratio.

Sample preparation and fragmentation

After performing a life-like, guided sample preparation, you will get an introduction to the principles of fragmentation. This topic can often be hard to understand, so you’ll be guided by your AI lab assistant Dr. One through different posters and quizzes to ensure good comprehension.

Mass spectra interpretation

The final part of the simulation is entirely dedicated to the interpretation of mass spectra. First, Dr. One will guide you step-by-step, selecting the correct fragments and assigning them to the peaks. But later you’ll be by yourself with a new molecule and test all you have learned. You’ll always be supported by extensive theory pages in case you ever feel a bit lost!

Did we manage to turn mass spectrometry into an engaging topic? You won’t believe it until you try!

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Prepare a sample for mass spectrometry analysis

  • Interpret and understand a spectrum via fragmentation pattern

  • Understand the theory and structure of a mass spectrometer

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Mass spectrometry
  • Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI)
  • Fragmentation
  • Time of Flight (TOF)

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