About Mass Spectrometry

ASMS is pleased to provide information for those interested in learning more about Mass Spectrometry. We would like to expand the resources available on this page. If you have suggestions for content, please contact ASMS Member-at-Large for Education Igor Kaltashov at kaltashov [at] chem.umass.edu.

To learn about the history of mass spectrometry and ASMS

The history and development of Mass Spectrometry is also valued by ASMS.  The first Society Archivist Michael Grayson has diligently produced a series of history posters. These posters are on display annually at the ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. ASMS and the Chemical Heritage Foundation have partnered to record and transcribe oral histories of leaders in the field.  The About ASMS and MS History page contain links to history posters (available for download), oral histories, and history videos.


The Basics of Mass Spectrometry Series

Nested Ion Mobility-TOF Mass Spectrometry
David E. Clemmer (Indiana University)

Tandem Mass Spectrometry, or MS/MS
Presented by Scott A. McLuckey (Purdue University)

Imaging Mass Spectrometry: An Overview
Presented by Michelle L. Reyzer (Vanderbilt University) and Demian R. Ifa (York University)

Mass Analyzers
Presented by Richard Vachet (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

History of Mass Spectrometry

The First Fifty Years of Mass Spectrometry: 
Building a Foundation
Presented by Michael L. Gross (Washington University, St. Louis)
Plenary lecture at the 2013 ASMS in Minneapolis

More videos available on the About ASMS and MS History page.


Download these resources for yourself or to share with others.

Mass Spectrometry Basics for Young Students: An Interactive Laboratory Tour (PDF). A valuable resource for educators. Lead author Ron M.A. Heeren, FOM-Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

An Education and Outreach article describing this resource, entitled “A MASSive Laboratory Tour. An Interactive Mass Spectrometry Outreach Activity for Children”, was published by Jungmann, et al. in J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. (2013) 24:979-982. DOI: 10.1007/s13361-013-0663-4