The 2017 NIST Mass Spectral Library is Almost Here—Which Version Do You Need?

Of what use is your mass spectrometer if you don’t have a database to compare and verify results? Determining compounds without reliable comparative spectra is time-consuming work, which is why the first National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) library was initially published by the US Department of Commerce over forty years ago. While it only contained 100,000 spectra at the turn of this century, the number of spectra has expanded dramatically over the past five editions, which are published every three years.

Four Options to Choose From

  1. The Complete Version of the NIST Mass Spectral Library

If you’ve been “making do” without a NIST library at all, this is the version you will probably want to purchase. It includes the full spectrum (sorry, we couldn’t resist!) of tools and peer-reviewed databases available. In addition to the spectra themselves, there is a sophisticated search program and various spectral analysis utilities, including the NIST AMDIS (Automated Mass Spectral Deconvolution and Identification System) and an MS Interpreter. Macros to assist your search with Agilent MassHunter and ChemStation are also available. Extensive reference data is also included, making proper attribution a breeze.

And, if your order NIST 14 before June 1st of 2017, you’ll receive the 2017 upgrade for free—that’s a 10% savings!

  1. The 2017 NIST Library Upgrade for Your Existing Mass Spectral Library

If you already own a prior version of the NIST library (1998 or later), you will receive everything listed in item #1 above—a great deal for keeping your NIST library up-to-date. This upgrade will also contain an increase of over 30,000 spectra and nearly 25,000 compounds from the previous release (NIST 14). Here’s a more comprehensive list of updates for you to peruse.

  1. The NIST GC Methods/Retention Index Database

In addition to the complete NIST library upgrade or purchase, there are two components available separately to provide great assistance in your lab. One is the NIST GC Methods/Retention Index Database which includes expanded constraints to help narrow retention time searches. This allows you to correctly identify and confirm compound identity by retention time in a single easy step.

  1. NIST MS/MS Library

Also, available separately are a newer pair of databases constructed specifically to meet the needs of tandem mass spectrometry. The first includes spectra for compounds that cover a wide range of collision energies, all the way from slight to the thorough dissociation of the precursor ion. The second database houses spectra of commercial peptides.

For Agilent ChemStation & MassHunter Users

The Standard version of the NIST Mass Spectral Library, either the full or upgrade versions, allows for seamless searches using the NIST Library in conjunction with all generations of Agilent ChemStation or MassHunter.

The Agilent version of the full or upgrade versions has the NIST Library indexed for ChemStation PBM searches as well as internal MassHunter Search.

Why Choose FarHawk for Your NIST Mass Spectral Library?

We know you have a choice when it comes to deciding where to purchase your NIST library upgrade or affiliated databases. First, we’re not a brick-and-mortar store, so buying from us means you won’t be absorbing hidden costs for leases, utilities, or sales professionals. Instead, we’ve chosen to invest in superior customer service. What’s more, our support team has worked with the NIST library for decades and is eager to help your lab perform at the highest level. Our stellar customer service is available no matter which of the four options you choose.

This is a crucial decision that will affect your lab’s performance. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about which option is best for you. Call us any time at 1-888-327-4295.