Course code KJM313

KJM313 Mass Spectrometry

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Course responsible: Dag Ekeberg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
40 (KJM313 + KJM410).
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:
Students in the Master's Programme in Chemistry (M-KJEMI) and in the Master's programme in Technology, specialization Chemistry and Biotechnology (M-KB).
Course contents:
The course covers the following types of mass spectrometry: sector instruments, quadrupole instruments, time of flight instruments, and ion trap instruments. The course also covers the interpretation of mass spectra and the types of ionisation techniques used for different analyses.
Learning outcome:
Students will obtain both the practical and theoretical background for using mass spectrometry, e.g. GC-MS, MALDI-MS and LC-MS. They wil be able to use mass spectrometry for identifying organic and biological compounds. Candidates will get familiar with the various techniques used to separate ions in a mass spectrometer, such as quadrupole (Q), sector instruments (B and ESA), TOF and ion traps. Interpretation of mass spectra is a central topic in the course and the students is expected to spend time for interpreting mass spectra. Students will become familiar with the different fragmentation mechanisms of various compounds formed by different ionization techniques.
Learning activities:
Teaching support:

Office hours will be announced at the start of the course.


"Mass Spectrometry, principles and applications", by Edmond de Hoffmann and Vincent Stroobant. ISBN 978-0-470-03311-1
General chemistry, KJM100 (or equivalent)Organic chemistry, KJM210 (or equivalent)Analytic chemistry, KJM240 (or equivalent)Physical chemistry, KJM230 (or equivalent)

Recommended prerequisites:
KJM310, Chromatography or equivalent.
Written finalexam, 3.5 hrs., counts 100 %.
Nominal workload:
  • Lectures: 26 hours 
  • Preparation for lectures: about 40 hours
  • Individual study: 234 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
10 credits' (ECTS) reduction for students with KJM410.
Type of course:
2 hours of lecturing a week.
An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks a minimum of 25 selected examination papers.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått