Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics

The ASMS Conference is 4–8 June, 2023, in Houston, Texas, USA

ASMS’s Flavor, Fragrance, and Foodstuffs Interest Group 

Utilizing GC/MS Technologies and Associated Software Tools to Address Challenging Applications in the Flavor, Fragrance and Foodstuffs Laboratory 

Organizer(s): Joe Binkley (chair) & Liz Humston-Fulmer (co-chair)

There are many challenging questions that a flavor, fragrance or food laboratory may be tasked to answer. These applications can include developing new products, deformulating competitive products, creating effective quality control methodologies, or identifying off odors and flavors, among many others.  Addressing these challenges generally requires both hardware and software solutions. Due to the nature of many of the molecules responsible for a product's flavor and fragrance profile, GC-MS is frequently the hardware tool of choice.  Once samples are analyzed, gleaning useful information from the rich GC-MS data is the next analytical challenge.  Software tools that automate data processing and compile analyte information from the various samples can facilitate data review and improve efficiency for analytical scientists in this application field.  

The goal of this session is to enhance attendees' knowledge about software tools which are available to make their day-to-day tasks easier and more efficient.  Some of the software attributes which will be demonstrated during this session will include automated peak finding/identification, comparison strategies, and strategies for processing and comparing groups of samples.  These demonstrations will serve as a starting point for a group discussion intended to engage and benefit attendees. 

The session format will consist of two parts: 1) Panelists will provide brief examples and demonstrations of software tools which were used to effectively extract information from analytical data to solve real world problems in their laboratories. 2) Interactive discussion among attendees and panelists moderated by the interest group coordinators, including engagement with attendees by interactive, smartphone-based polling.

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Characterizing Extractables from Common Pharmaceutical Packaging Materials by High Resolution Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry and Enhanced Gas Chromatography Separations

Wednesday, 7 June 
Presented by: Liz Humston-Fulmer
Topic Area: Extractables & Leachables 

Comprehensive analysis of microplastics and their adsorbed environmental matrix constituents using a combination of thermal desorption and pyrolysis with GCxGC-HRTOFMS

Wednesday, 7 June 
Presented by: Joe Binkley
Topic Area: Small Molecules: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis I 

Using Hydrogen as Carrier Gas for GC/MS Analysis: GCxGC-HR-TOFMS with Multi-Mode Ion Source

Wednesday, 7 June 
Presented by: George Tikhonov
Topic Area: GC/MS: Instrumentation and Applications 


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