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Meet the Expert Behind Customer Support of the NIST Mass Spectrometry Library

nist-mass-spectra-library-supportThere’s no question the latest version of the NIST Mass Spectral Library is an invaluable resource. But what happens when Chemistry PhDs, pharmaceutical professionals and mass spectrometrists have a question about the results? Or, if they need to know how the program interfaces to other software? When issues like these arise, that’s when customer support comes in handy!

Expert Advice and Assistance

Meet David Sparkman, the man with the answers when it comes to NIST 14! With more than 100 literature citations for presentations, posters or peer-reviewed papers, Sparkman specializes in solving analytical puzzles of hidden organic structures in complex matrices. In addition to teaching courses in the interpretation of mass-spectral data on the graduate level at University of the Pacific, the adjunct professor of chemistry has written four books on mass spectrometry and gas chromatography mass spectrometry. His entire professional career has involved analytical chemistry in one form or another—from gas chromatography and the interfacing of gas chromatography to infrared spectrophotometer and mass spectrometers to DART (direct analysis in real time) mass spectrometry. In other words, Sparkman is ready, willing and able to share his insights via the NIST library’s customer support.

Errors Stink—but are corrected

Even though the NIST Library database has been thoroughly evaluated, it’s impossible to catch all of the things that can happen—especially when mass spectra of two compounds can be similar. This is one way David can help. If, for example, the initial submitter confuses the spectrum with the structure, there’s a chance it can be incorrectly entered into the database. This happened with two structures associated with the musty odor of cheese. These two compounds were submitted in the NIST database by someone who published a peer reviewed paper in a reputable journal in 1995. The paper stated Spectrum A belonged with Structure A and Spectrum B belonged with Structure B.  But recently, a database user challenged these findings because he knew someone else had published the spectra of those two compounds. It appeared the original author had confused spectra A and B (that Spectrum A belonged with Structure B and Spectrum B belonged with Structure A) and to prove this, the new user synthesized one of the compounds and successfully got a spectrum that proved a switch had been recorded. As a result, the correction will appear in the next issue of the database.

According to Sparkman, examples like this, and the fact that new spectra are being added as mass spectrometry’s use rapidly expands in science and industry, are important reasons to be using the most up-to-date version of the library.

Customer Support and Service

As the retained expert on the NIST library, Sparkman handles all the questions professionals using the NIST library may ask. Having specialized in interpretation of mass spectra; analytical chemistry problem solving; teach mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry, the author/instructor/industry expert can address NIST database issues as well as offering solutions to problems in mass spectrometry.

But, did you know? Users who’ve purchased the NIST library or its updates through NistMassSpecLibrary.com receive a more direct, more timely response to any question from David Sparkman! This is what makes our customer support a unique part of what we offer, and at a discounted price. So, get the most up-to-date information with the NIST ’14 Mass Spectral Library, along with priority customer service at a great price—by visiting NISTMassSpecLibrary.com today.

What You Need to Know About NIST

nist-libraryDid you know that measurement services provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) support over 10 million medical procedures, including prostate and breast cancer treatments, enhancing their safety and effectiveness? Or that 10 to 15 percent of the more than $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on health care is associated with NIST’s measurements?

Millions of scientists and technologists rely on NIST for the technology, measurements, and standards it provides. Founded in 1901 as an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST operates from locations in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado, with activities organized into laboratory and extramural programs.

What NIST does

NIST’s mission is simple: to promote U.S. innovation by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that will enhance the economy and improve quality of life.

NIST aims to fulfill its mission through various projects, including:

  • Providing measurements and standards for industries, academia, and the government, with over 1,300 standard reference materials. These artifacts are certified as having specific characteristics and are used for measuring equipment and procedures, quality control benchmarks, and experimental control samples.
  • Publishing “Handbook 44” each year to provide uniform specifications for weighing and measuring devices
  • Providing homeland security assistance, such as identification card standards for federal employees and contractors
  • Conducting investigations, including one into the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings
  • Working with various committees on voting system guidelines and voting machines

Most of the technology we use on a daily basis is dependent on NIST programs. For example, NIST’s accurate time measurement capabilities enable U.S. cell towers to be synchronized to one millionth of a second every day. Also, NIST’s work on the development of encryption standards is estimated to have saved private industry more than $1 billion and improved the security of ATM withdrawals and billions of dollars’ worth of daily electronic data transactions.

The NIST mass spectral library

As many scientists may know, NIST also supports the NIST mass spectral library, the most widely used and trusted resource for identifying mass spectra. The NIST mass spectral library is a compilation of tools and peer-reviewed databases and includes the full-featured NIST MS Search Program and other spectral analysis utilities, including the NIST Automated MS Deconvolution and Identification System (AMDIS) and MS Interpreter.

The databases contain spectra, structures, and extensive reference data from a number of sources, including contributors, compounds measured at NIST, and spectra extracted from the literature.

The library is constantly updated (currently version 14) and with every release, spectra are examined for their accuracy. The latest library upgrades added the ability to search for exact mass, expanded the variety of precursor ions for tandem mass spectra, and integrated retention index and mass spectral data.

Obtaining the NIST library

The NIST 14 library is available for purchase or upgrade at NISTMassSpecLibrary.com. This site is the best place to get the NIST 14 spectral library at an affordable cost, with the bonus addition of customer support for any questions you may have.

Contact us at http://nistmassspeclibrary.com for more information and to order or upgrade your NIST mass spectral library.