Mass spectrometry imaging techniques provide powerful eyes on the molecular and atomic world. The principal techniques are secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), ambient mass spectrometry (AMS) and matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry (MALDI MS). Recent advances allow molecules to be imaged in 3D, in real-time and ambient conditions and the distribution of large biomolecules to be studied.
The aims of the National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging are:
- Fundamentals of techniques
- Metrology for reliability and standardisation
- Support the update of the techniques