Interpretation of Mass Spectra


Welcome to ‘Interpretation of Mass Spectra’. In this course, you will learn the principles of how mass spectra are produced and how to analyse the spectra to derive valuable structural information about the molecules you are studying.

Course Presenter: David Sparkman (University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, USA)
Recommended Duration: 5 weeks
Course Cost: USD 1,600

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Get an idea of the elemental composition of an unknown
  • Understand what peaks in a mass spectrum are significant
  • Estimate the molecular weight of many different types of compound
  • Determine the presence and absence of various substructures of organic
    molecules from mass spectral data

To accomplish these objectives, we will use several instructional tools, including:

  • On-line syllabus and resources
  • Live Webcast lectures and discussions
  • Asynchronous on-line discussion forums
  • Homework assignments in which you solve a variety of sample problems
  • On-line tests to assess your understanding

About the Presenter
O. David Sparkman is currently an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California; Contractor to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Mass Spectrometry Data Center; President of; and a former American Chemical Society Instructor (1978–2006) and American Society for Mass Spectrometry Member-at-large for Education (2004–2006). Over the past 28 years, he has developed and taught five different ACS courses in mass spectrometry. He is the author of Mass Spectrometry Desk Reference (Global View Publishing: Pittsburgh, PA, 1st ed. 2000; 2nd ed. 2006). Along with J. Throck Watson, he developed the Mass Spectral Interpretation Quick Reference Guide. He also provides general consulting service in mass spectrometry for a number of instrument manufacturers, manufacturing companies, and government agencies.

Note: ‘Interpretation of Mass Spectra’ is a self-paced, 12 module course, with technology expert David Sparkman. The course is not run on the Analytical Training Solutions website, but via modules available on Chromatography Forum – once you purchase the ‘Interpretation of Mass Spectra’ course you will be contacted to help you set up your access and to be mailed your course manual and reference guide.