Displaying items by tag: Separation Science

Susan Girdwood | Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Aberystwyth University

"We originally expected to purchase a quadrupole instrument so buying a TOF was a little unexpected but definitely worth it as the data is far richer than what a quadrupole would have supplied. In the three years we have had the instrument running metabolomic matrixes the source has never been cleaned and the data is still superb and consistent. We love our Pegasus BT, it does a fab job of running my FAME samples including milk, yogurt, kefir, biltong and bacteria."

David Harvey, Technical Specialist - Metabolite Profiling

CNAP | University of York

"Our metabolomics research has utilised a LECO Pegasus 4D for over 15 years. Total downtime has probably been less than 20 days for the entire 15 years. When we do have a problem or even a question about using the instrument, LECO are very swift to respond, resolve the issue and offer support and assistance usually within a day of contacting them, and quite often on the same day. The source has never been cleaned or replaced, and we still have the same detector from the original installation. Multiple papers have been produced using data produced from our LECO and I can honestly say it’s been a great asset to our team at York University."

Prof. G. John Langley, Head of Characterisation & Analytics and Head of Mass Spectrometry | Julie M. Herniman, Specialist in Mass Spectrometry

University of Southampton

"In 2019 EPSRC funded our vision for a regional Centre of Excellence (CoE) in 2 dimensional gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. This Regional CoE, initially embracing the Universities of Bath, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Swansea, will significantly drive discovery, characterisation and quantification of new modalities, delivering a step change in capability for detection and identification of new species that cannot be separated and determined by 1D GC alone.

LECO’s Pegasus HRT 4D GC×GC-TOFMS and the benchtop BT4D GC×GC-TOFMS, both with extensive automated sample handling capability were delivered in late 2019 and early 2020. Installation of these state-of-the-art instruments was complicated by Covid-19 and lockdown 1.0. With such complex instrumentation, and application areas, effective training was key; here LECO took the initiative and provided both bespoke local and on-demand online training.

The level of service support and close collaborative relationship with LECO (applications team and account manager) has been first rate. Both systems can now be operated remotely, enabling high level users from across the South West region to access the instrumentation and allow many complex questions to be probed. Our work covers a vast array of application, e.g. petrochemical, environmental and metabolomics. The data sets are rich and complex, yet simplified by a user friendly software interface. Compared to 1D-GC, the 4D systems provide an astonishing number of additional analyte identifications, giving us deeper insight and understanding of the samples. Combining LECO’s high resolution mass spectrometry with comprehensive gas chromatography, multiple sample handling options such as SPME, Pyrolysis and TD along with full automation has created a world class laboratory of which we are all very proud."

Dr. Nunzia Iaccarino, Ph.D.

Dr. Nunzia Iaccarino, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples Federico II

"I have been using a GC-TOFMS Pegasus BT since January 2018 for Metabolomics projects. I have mainly analysed murine tissues extracts, and, I'm very happy about its robustness and high sensitivity."

Raphaël Lugan, Enseignant Chercheur

Raphaël Lugan, Enseignant Chercheur

UMR QualiSud, University of Avignon, France

"I use a LECO mass spectrometer for plant metabolomics ; it is an efficient machine with a very low detection limit and the Chromatof deconvolution algorithm allows to find hundreds of compounds in complex extracts."

Jaromír Hradecký, Ph.D.

Jaromír Hradecký, Ph.D.

Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic

"I have been working with LECO instruments for approx. ten years. I worked with the PEGASUS® 4D, TruTOF, GC-HRT and, for few days in Berlin, with the Pegasus BT and BT 4D – I really enjoyed that. There are several reasons why I like working with the devices and why I would not consider using other GC-MS insturments.

LECO instruments are reliable and robust with well working peak find and mass spectral deconvolution algorithms. In principle, LECO instruments are allowing both target and non target analysis which can be performed in one run, with nice sensitivity. Data processing is easy and everything is done in one SW – no need to use complicated combinations of SWs. LECO has an excellent customers support"

Dr. Martyn Ward, Experimental Officer

Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, University of York

"Following years of service from the old LECO PEGASUS® 4D TOF GC-MS, we upgraded to a new LECO Pegasus BT4D TOF GC-MS. The decision was made due to the exceptional separating power afforded by thecryogenic modulation and the durability of the LECO StayClean® sourcetechnology which has been carried into the updated system. The combination of the two open up a wide variety of analyses to us whichenable use of this instrument in many aspects of our research."

Dr. Katie Read, Coordinator of the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO)

National Centre for AtmosphericScience (NCAS), University of York

"We send instruments into the harshest of environments and run very demandingsamples on them. Bearing this in mind, our decision to upgrade the GC-MS at our remote Cape-Verde site to the new LECO PEGASUS® BT was driven by the promise of the StayClean® source. This minimizes down time and eliminates operations which are difficult to carry out when working with remote systems. The increased sensitivity of theinstrument enables us to take smaller sample volumes which again assists with easing the burden placedon the analytical machine. Finally! the upgrade from quadrupole to time of flight mass spec will enable us to keep historical datasets which can be interrogated for any compounds which prove interesting in the future."

Dr. Mara Knapp, Laboratory Business Development Manager

Department of Civil Engineering University of Strathclyde

"In 2013, I became responsible for overseeing the department’s analytical suitewhich included a LECO PEGASUS® 4D GC×GC TOF MS as our flagshipinstrument. I had no experience in gas chromatography and found even a standard GCMS daunting. Over the past years, I received extensive support from LECO. Especially withsupport from LECO UK the instrument is still running strong a decade after purchase. I anticipate it will go for another decade and then some."

John Quick, Principal Scientist

John Quick, Principal Scientist

ALS Enviromental, United Kingdom

"I believe this technology and methodology will profoundly change water analysis realising major benefi ts for both laboratories and their customers."

Silvia Aguiló Losa

Silvia Aguiló Losa

SGS Institut Fresenius GmbH Berlin, Germany

"We at SGS MOSH/MOAH group are using the GC × GC-TOFMS from LECO to separate the highly complex fractions of MOSH/MOAH contaminates in food. When you want to identify special patterns of contamination species amongst other analytics (e. g carotenoids) you need a high separation power in combination with a fast screening MS. This is provided by the LECO TOF. Actually we have a new project together with LECO and another company to quantify MOSH/MOAH fractions. The complexity of the instrumentation is high, but with the support of the application team from LECO we reach our goals."

Pedro Antunes, Senior Tech. & Co-Ordinator Organic Chemistry

Pedro Antunes, Senior Tech. & Co-Ordinator Organic Chemistry

Environment Reference Lab, APA – Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente

"Initially we had some fears about whether the option of the time of flight detector would be the best for our laboratory, since we have no other system of this kind installed. However, at the end of 6 months of operation with the GC-TOFMS system, it was widely recognized internally that we made the right choice. An easy-to-operate system with high sensitivity, reproducibility and severalanalysis options for a large universe of analytes, and in the most varied matrices increases the versatility of laboratory operation as well as the possibility of responding to the most demanding customer requests."

Dr. Alexey Shavarda

Dr. Alexey Shavarda

Centre for Molecular and Cell Technologies, Saint Petersburg State University Research Park Analytical Phytochemistry Laboratory // Komarov Botanical Institute Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry // Saint Petersburg State University Department of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology // Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry

"Our virtual metabolomics research center has six GC-MS instruments, and the LECO PEGASUS® 4D is the crown jewel of our science park. The results of GC-MS profiling performed using GC×GC technologies has madea strong impression on users and has seriously improved the quality of ourpublications. The fast-scanning capabilities of the TOF-analyzer effectively augment the dataobtained on the ordinary quadrupole, especially when working with the most complexmatrices which are most often the subject of metabolomics analysis. The reliability of the device is especially deserving of praise. The equipment can withstand a very demanding load with constant, round-the-clock operation."

Dott. Marcello Manfredi

Dott. Marcello Manfredi

Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Italy

"With the Pegasus BT 4D performing untargeted analysis today is very easy, thanks to the high sensitivity of the instrument, we are able to mine and analyze any type of sample! A combination of very good sensitivity, quality to price ratio and high flexibility make the Pegasus BT 4D system perfect for analysis of every sample"

Prof. Antonio Randazzon

Prof. Antonio Randazzon

University of Naples, Italy

"Pegasus BT is the perfect choice for identifying well-known metabolites at low concentration level in our sample, and also discovering new compounds. The most surprising advantage of the BT system is the ion source robustness! We usually work with dirty and complex samples, but we have never observed drop of sensitivity during our analyses.This reduces the time and cost of our analyses!"

Alex Dickens, Co-Ordinator

Alex Dickens, Co-Ordinator

TURKU Metabolomics Facility, Finland

"We use the LECO Pegasus BT instrument for the quantification of small polar metabolites. We developed a hybrid method where we quantitate 51 metabolites with standard curves and screen for any other small polar metabolites in a wide range of biological samples. This assay has a great dynamic range thanks to the sensitivity of the BT. The StayClean® ion source allows us to run hundreds of samples in a batch and be confi dent that the ion source will remain clean even with dirty samples such as plasma."

Ph.D. Jan Rezek, Ing.

Ph.D. Jan Rezek, Ing.

Czech Academy of Science, Tschechische Republik

"Compared to GC equipped with a single column, the Pegasus 4D enabled me to separate unbelievable number of analytes! Tens of thousands of separated peaks in one run was not an exception. But where the separation was not perfect, ChromaTOF software and its deconvolution algorithm did the job. Such excellent ‘separating power’ helped me discover new types of plant PCB metabolites."

Prof. Ralf Zimmermann

Prof. Ralf Zimmermann

Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) Department “Comprehensive Molecular Analytics“, Germany

"This combination of ultrahigh chromatographic separation with high mass resolution might be still unique for a commercial available end user system."

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