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Assisting in compound identification by providing reference mass spectra.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The Mass Spectrometry Data Center compiles, evaluates, correlates and also measures Standard Reference Data and develops and disseminates associated electronic databases and analysis software for chemical identification and quality control for (a) electron ionization mass spectra and associated retention properties by the technique of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, (b) reference tandem mass spectra of ‘small molecules’ generated by electrospray and MALDI mass spectrometry widely used for biological analysis and (c) peptide fragmentation libraries that enable the identification of products of digestion of complex protein mixtures in the field of Proteomics. This also involves the development of structure-based estimation methods and reference data quality control methods for the more effective use of this reference data.

The Mass Spectrometry Data Center is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time — a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany and other economic rivals.

Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations — from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks.

For more information the NIST Mass Spectrometry Data Center, please visit their websites: Standard Reference Data or Mass Spectrometry Data Center.


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