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An Education in ESI

Every year, as part of our undergraduate course – Analytical Methods in Organic Chemistry – one or two hundred students from molecular life sciences and biotechnology are introduced to the wonders of mass spectrometry (MS). In the education space, it can be tricky to keep up with the fast pace of MS advances, and we’re pleased when we are able to widen the experience to prepare students for the real world.

But before we share the details of our latest educational endeavors, a little history... Back in the 1990s, electron ionization (EI) was the most accessible technology in educational circles, and so the focus of the MS course was on both ion formation and interpretation of EI spectra. Over the years, gas chromatography (GC)-MS systems with EI became more affordable and entered into the practical course program; nowadays, we have two GC-(EI)MS systems permanently situated in our education building.

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About the Authors

Michel Nielen

Michel Nielen is Principal Scientist of Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) and professor of Analytical Chemistry at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is coordinator of the H2020 MSCA ITN project FoodSmartphone and Co-Chair of the Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA) symposium series.


Pepijn Geutjes

Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.


Barend van Lagen

Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.


Teris A van Beek

Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

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