In Partnership with Industry

Providing a comprehensive mass spectrometry service to companies throughout the UK.

About our services

Swansea University is a national centre of excellence, providing a high-quality, cost-effective mass spectrometry services and training for the chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences sector, with emphasis on provision of an expert service targeting challenging samples.

Swansea University has long been established as a centre of excellence for mass spectrometry, with the siting of the Royal Society Research Unit in the 1970s followed by the Mass Spectrometry Research Unit and then the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Centre in the 1980s.

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Mass Spectrometry Analysis

Extensive hardware and software infrastructure for chemical, biochemical, life sciences, and materials studies. Accurate mass and structural elucidation for unknowns; quantification of known compounds.

Techniques include:

  • Electrospray, nano- electrospray and atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation
  • Gas chromatography mass spectrometry with electron, chemical ionisation or atmospheric chemical ionisation (APGC)
  • Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation
  • Electron ionisation, chemical ionisation, and liquid secondary ion mass spectrometry

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Training Courses

Half-day topic sessions delivered by researchers at Swansea University.

Build your own tailored training course by picking from one or more of the five following topic session:

  • Absolute Basics
  • Instrument Operation and Sample Handling
  • Mass Spectra Interpretation
  • GLP and Basic Instrument Maintenance, or
  • Administration and Software

Prices start form £250+VAT for one session, group discounts are available.


A selection of our work


GC-MS Analysis of Extractable Leachates

A multinational company has been working with Swansea University to identify extractable contaminates in deep well microplates from a range of manufacturers.

Specialising in microplate solutions for sample preparation to high throughput screening. The company had previously identified that commercially available deep well microplates can harbour significant levels of extractable compounds and that previous research showed that there was ongoing persistent contamination from a range of compounds found in raw polymer master batches.

Staff from Swansea University developed a protocol for extracting contaminates into an organic solvent and its analysis by accurate mass GC-MS instrument.


Technical Training in EI and CI

A mass spectrometry operator from a UK based university requested training on traditional probe techniques.

The operator identified a number of areas that they needed to gain further technical knowledge and practical training. These included, calibration, how to adjust high resolution, the analysis of low volatile samples, and cleaning the crucibles and the probe.

Staff from Swansea University worked with the operator develop a bespoke training package and delivered the training at the Facility over two-days on our Thermo Finnigan MAT95.

What our clients say


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National Mass Spectromerty Facility, Swansea University Medical School, Park Campus, Swansea SA2 8PP

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