Short Course

Interpretation of Mass Spectra Short Course:  Offered Periodically (TBA)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group (WBMSDG) will present a short course on “Interpretation of Mass Spectra.” This introductory level course on the qualitative interpretation of mass spectra of organic, biochemical and environmental compounds will be taught by solving practical examples. Registrants should be familiar with basic principles of organic chemistry. The principles of interpretation will be introduced through lectures and augmented through extensive problem-solving.  Although emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of electron ionization mass spectra, the concepts of chemical ionization, electrospray ionization, and MALDI will also be introduced. The workshop format and a high instructor:student ratio are designed to benefit those with little or no experience, but who wish to expand their interpretation skills.  This is the same short course that the WBMSDG presents each year at the ASMS Annual Conference.  Please consult the ASMS website for details.

FORMAT A workshop format and limited class size will ensure the participants ample opportunity to interact with the instructors.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Chemists and Laboratory Personnel with no formal training in mass spectrometry, and Chromatographers who are using mass selective detectors or ion traps as chromatography detectors. A knowledge of basic organic chemistry will be assumed.


Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc., 7100 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046. (ample free parking available). Directions: for driving directions and map, see:

REGISTRATION: Early registration is recommended and encouraged! Course enrollment will be limited to 36 students to ensure a high instructor to student ratio. Registration fee includes textbooks, course materials, lunches and coffee breaks. To register, complete and return the attached Registration Form.

Registration Fee

Early Registration: $ 400 (full); $ 250 (student)

Registration: $ 425 (full);  $ 275 (student)

*Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree program up to and including the Ph.D. and must attach verification of current full-time student status by providing both a copy of your student I.D. and a letter from your department chairman or research advisor on university stationery verifying your student status.

A non-refundable charge of $95 will apply to all cancellations received in writing and will be processed after the course. No refunds will be made after that date. Registrants who are unable to attend may send a substitute and must immediately contact the Course Manager.

CEU’s Course rated as 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CONTACT Ms. Janet Cunningham, Course Manager; Barr Enterprises, P.O. Box 8032, West Grove, PA 19390

Phone 301-668-6001; e-mail