Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Important Notice:

July 08 2020: Because of COVID-19, the Chemistry Building is locked and is only accessible with restrictions to those who regularly work in it. The MSLab is now back in operation and mass spec. samples are welcome. If you do not work in the Chemistry Building, please mail your samples to Xiao Feng by campus mail or Canada Post. Please also use paperless forms available on the this website. Paper forms will delay running of your samples. Your samples should send to:
Xiao Feng
DalChem Mass Spec Laboratory
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University

6274 Coburg Road

P.O. Box 15000

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2


Tel: (902) 494-1663


Director Prof. Alison Thompson,, (902) 494-6421
MS Technologist Xiao Feng, MSc,, (902) 494-1663


A range of mass spectrometric ionization techniques is available, including electron ionization (EI), electrospray ionization (ESI), atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI), and atmospheric pressure photo ionization (APPI). Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS or MS/MS/MS) can be performed in some ionization modes. In addition to regular (low-resolution) measurements, high-resolution (accurate mass) services are available for ESI, APCI and APPI. Researchers within and outside the Department of Chemistry can access the mass spectrometry facilities through service provisions.  For some instruments, hands-on use by researchers can be arranged after suitable training.

For more information, consult the following links:

MS Software Downloads

This site features programs (for the PC) that can be downloaded free and that (1) calculate isotope cluster patterns of various types, (2) calculate all possible formulae for ions of a given m/z ratio, (3) correct peak intensities in spectra with intense [M-1] ions, (4) calculate accurate m/z ratios for noncovalently bonded cluster ions and other useful parameters.

MS Links

An excellent site for general details on MS:

A good site for MS terms and definitions:
This site features a good range of links to other useful sites: