At UC Irvine, even students who can’t say "mass spectrometer" can run one.
One of the goals of the mass spectrometry facility located on the Irvine campus of the University of California is to give as many students as possible the chance to come in and run a sample.
And run samples they do, about 22,000 samples per year, everything from proteins to polymers to insects.
Most amazing is that 90% of the samples are run by the students themselves, many of whom have never interacted with a mass spectrometer before.
How do they do it?
It’s as simple as Open Access software from Waters. It allow students to simply walk up to an LC/MS system, log in their name and sample, chose their experiment, then place the sample in the instrument as instructed.
That’s it. After a brief waiting time, students walk out with their data in hand.
Many who have been introduced to mass spectrometry through Open Access go on to become faculty members at other institutions, where they pronounce "mass spectrometer" perfectly as they install their own Open Access systems.