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University of Sussex Researchers Identify with ACD/Labs Software

Toronto, Canada (Sept 22, 2010)—The School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex has successfully instituted software from Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs) into their data analysis workflow to enable the identification of unknown compounds in biological samples. The software centralizes mass spectra and chromatograms from different instruments and disparate software into one platform for further analysis.

The University uses ACD/Labs software in the analysis of GC/MS data of biologically active and non-active fraction samples. Raw data is collected using the native software of each instrument, then ACD/MS Manager and ACD/IXCR are used for processing, deconvolution, and library searching capabilities to assist in the identification of unknowns. Concise reports are automatically generated, and links to the raw data are preserved.

"ACD/MS Manager with ACD/IXCR will speed up our mass spectral and chromatography data analysis and therefore let us identify key chemical structures of potential interest in a much shorter time," said Dr. Elizabeth Hill, Reader in Chemical Ecology, University of Sussex. "The ACD/Labs search algorithm was more reliable than our previous solution and handled large amounts of data more efficiently."

The integrated MS fragmentation module allows researchers to better understand the link between structure and spectrum by predicting the fragmentation patterns of compounds of interest, using the predictions to help assign peaks in the experimental spectrum. With the ability to create libraries of spectral data, information on newly identified compounds is stored and later searched to speed the process of identification in the future.

To learn more about ACD/MS Manager, ACD/IXCR, and other software solutions for compound identification and elucidation, visit our website

About the University of Sussex School of Life Sciences—The School of Life Sciences is a large multidisciplinary grouping in which biology and molecular sciences contribute to the development of research activity, and serves as an inspiring and enthusiastic base for the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It provides an exciting and attractive environment for learning and research, with a thriving international community of students and academics.

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