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Mass Spectrometry Methods Database Gets Major Update

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2006

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Contact: Michael Baum

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently added 150 new methods—nicknamed "recipes"—to a database already containing 255 procedures for analyzing specific synthetic polymers using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. The recipes provide data critical to the industrial design, manufacture and application of synthetic polymers. They have been collected from the peer-review scientific literature and included in the NIST Synthetic Polymer MALDI Methods Online Database, http://www.nist.gov/maldi, a unique resource for the mass spectroscopy community. The recipes Web page has been extremely successful—it is listed as the most popular mass spectrometry site on the Web by Websbiggest.com and has been cited as a key chemistry resource by the Journal of the American Chemical Society.