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Guowang Xu

The Power List 2021

Administrative Vice-Director, Biotechnology Division, and Director, CAS Key Laboratory of Separation Science for Analytical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Biggest breakthrough? Over the last 10 years the biggest breakthrough in my working field has been in high-resolution MS instruments. Nowadays, people don’t need FT-ICR-MS because they can instead achieve the analytical characteristics of high resolution MS with convenient and economical maintenance. On the other hand, UHPLC – which has been commercially available since 2004 – overcomes the limitations of traditional chromatographic analysis and improves the resolution, analysis speed and detection sensitivity to an unprecedented level. UHPLC-MS greatly promotes the development of separation and analysis techniques, and has been applied in different fields including proteomics, metabolomics and other chemical and bio-monitoring.

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