Course code KJM410

KJM410 Organic Mass Spectrometry (MS)

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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:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2003H
Preferential right:
PhD students
Course contents:

The course covers different types of mass spectrometers, and the interpretation of mass spectra. Various types of ionisitaion methods used for different types of analyses are also central.

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Learning outcome:


  • The student will have advanced knowledge in theoretical use of mass spectrometry
  • The student will have advanced knowledge in practical use of mass spectrometry
  • The student will be able to use mass spectrometry for identifying organic and biological compounds. 


Candidates should acquire skills in various techniques for filtering ions in different mass filters. The most important mass filters under review are quadrupole, triple quadrupole, cylindrical and ion traps, Orbitrap, time-of-flight and sector instruments. Spectrum interpretation is very late in the subject.

Generell competence

After completing the course, the students should have general competence in the theory behind the different fragmentations of different compounds by different ionization methods. You should be able to interpret EI mass spectra. Students should be able to communicate about how to prepare and present technical and scientific information, both with specialists and to the general public.

Learning activities:
Teaching support:
Office hours will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Questions sent via email  or Canvas will also be answered. A dedicated FaceBook page has been created for those who take the course where everyone can participate in professional discussions.
"Mass Spectrometry, principles and applications", by Edmond de Hoffmann and Vincent Stroobant. ISBN 978-0-470-03311-1
It is assumed that the student knows the rules within plagiarism and cheating, as well as how to refer when writing a text.Organic chemistry, KJM210 or equivalent.Analytic chemistry, KJM240 or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites:
  • KJM310 Chromatography or equivalent.
  • KJM311 Organic Spectroscopy or equivalent.
Mandatory activity:
Semester assignment.
Final oral examination, pass/fail.
Nominal workload:

Lectures: 26 hours

Preparation for lectures: 40 hours

Individual study: 184 hours

Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
For students who have completed KJM313: 8 credits' reduction.
Type of course:
2 hours of lecturing a week.
An external examiner
Examination details: Oral exam: Passed / Failed