MS Laboratory

GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences
last updated: July 19, 2023

About the Laboratory

MS Laboratory

GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences
@ Section 3.2 Organic Geochemistry
This Laboratory is part of:


  • Tbd
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FT-ICR-MS is applied for the characterization of polar compounds like NSO (nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen containing organic compounds) in fossil and recent geological samples (sediments, sedimentary rocks, coals, soils, and water samples), assessment of secondary alteration processes in petroleum systems (maturation, biodegradation, and migration), characterization of high molecular weight aromatic compounds, elucidation of molecular formulae and molecular imaging.
GC-MS is used for identification and quantification of organic compounds in complex mixtures, analysis of fossil biomarkers, analysis of aromatic hydrocarbons and structure elucidation.
LC-MS is applied for the analysis of intact phospholipids in biological and geological samples and the analysis of high-molecular polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.


Analytical Methods

Laboratory Keywords

  • Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization (APCI)
  • Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization (APPI)
  • Chemical Ionization (CI)
  • Direct Infusion Experiments
  • Electron Ionization (EI)
  • Electrospray Ionization (ESI)
  • HPLC
  • High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS)
  • Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI)
  • Normal Phase-HPLC
  • Reversed Phase-HPLC
  • Tandem-Mass Spectrometry (MS/MS)