The use of mass spectrometry (MS) in molecular characterization and quantification has grown exponentially over the past two decades. As a result, MS-based approaches have been adopted in threat detection, forensic investigations, and studies of biological systems, leading to many novel insights and new accumulated knowledge. However, the understanding of the fundamental processes that occur during molecular MS is still limited and hinders the full utilization of the technique.
The m/q Initiative is transforming the utility of MS through a comprehensive, unified, and predictive understanding of the chemistry and physics of all ions throughout an experiment, which is then used to predict a quantitative spectral response. m/q will deliver transformational modeling and analysis techniques to enable standards-free identification and quantification of molecules via MS, as well as analyte-specific detection capabilities.