Mass Spectrometry (MS) is an advanced analytical technique that has reached an outstanding position due to its unique characteristics: high selectivity, low detection limits, speed and a large diversity of applications. During the last two decades, MS has progressed rapidly through the advances on ionization methods and mass analyzers that have led to the advent of new equipment. This progress has allowed the development of new applications mostly oriented towards health promoting areas such as proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics, foodomics, drug discovery, pollution control and forensic and toxicological sciences. This course aims to give an overview on basic MS fundamentals and instrumentation highlighting several recent applications.
It will be covered by a variety of lecturers with different experience and know-how, most of them members of the Portuguese Mass Spectrometry Network (RNEM).