Which NIST14 Mass Spectral Library Option Is Right for You?

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What’s in the NIST Mass Spectral Library?

Developed and supported by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the NIST library contains a series of peer-reviewed databases featuring spectra, structures, and exhaustive reference information by a variety of sources, from contributors measuring compounds at NIST to spectra abstracted from the industry literature.

In addition to the full-featured NIST MS Search Program, the library also includes helpful spectral analysis utilities such as the NIST Automated Mass Spectral Deconvolution and Identification System (AMDIS) and MS Interpreter.

Available NIST Packages

There are four NIST Mass Spectral Library packages available. The full version features all of the items listed above, as well as optional macros to enhance integration. For owners of previous versions, an upgrade is available to provide all of the features of the full version. There are also two other options offered separately that give users access to parts of the total library. Obviously, it’s important to know which package is right for you. Here are some considerations:

1) The Full NIST Mass Spectral Library

As mentioned, the full version of the NIST Library for Mass Spectrometry (NIST 14) contains the entire database as well as the NIST MS Search Program and other spectral analysis tools. In addition, optional macros are available for seamless integration of the NIST library with Agilent ChemStation and MassHunter.

2) NIST Library Upgrade

If you already have NBS 98, NIST 02, NIST 05, NIST 08, or NIST 11 and can prove ownership, you may receive the NIST 14 upgrade (which contains everything listed above) at a significantly reduced rate. Once you confirm the full license, optional macros are available for seamless integration of the NIST library with Agilent ChemStation and MassHunter.

3) NIST GC Methods/Retention Index Database

Featuring expanded constraints such as the ability to search within specified retention times, this package can be purchased separately, but when used in combination with the NIST Mass Spectral Library, can help you efficiently identify and confirm compounds in one step.

4) NIST MS/MS Library

Also available separately for purchase, this library comprises two databases, one containing spectra for compounds over a wide range of collision energies, the other featuring spectra of commercial peptides.

The Right NIST Package for You

Whether you opt for the full NIST Mass Spectral Library, the NIST14 upgrade, or one of the optional libraries, your satisfaction is assured. All options come with customer product support and are now available from us at a discounted price. To find out more, visit NISTMassSpecLibrary.com.