International Conference on Non-Targeted Screening. It was finally time to get back to in-person conferences! 

After almost two years of zoom-only meetings, it was my great pleasure to last week get back to meeting fellow scientists in person at Intentional Conference on Non-Targeted Screening, Erding, Germany. The meeting was held in parallel in-person and online. The conference ran over four days with talks covering computational mass spectrometry, instrumental techniques for […]

Welcome back, Helen!

After spending six months in South-Korea as an exchange student and finishing her Master’s degree from University of Tartu, Helen Sepman is back in our group. Helen was part of Kruvelab in Stockholm University in October 2020-January 2021, when she studied protomer formation of caffeine metabolites with cyclic-IMS as an intern. She was one of […]

Welcome to Kruvelab – meet Emma and Louise

  Emma Palm and Louise Malm started their master thesis in our group. Emma and Louise are master students in analytical chemistry at Stockholm University and they did their bachelor’s thesis in our group. Emma Palm will work with cyclic ion mobility for the identification of isomeric compounds based on the collision cross-section. This will […]

What is the potential risk of the compounds detected in water samples? Combining concentration and toxicity

How do you know which of the compounds detected in suspect or non-targeted screening is most likely to cause an adverse effect? Which is most toxic? Which is present in the highest concentration? Which is having a concentration close to a toxic endpoint? This is exactly what we are answering in our latest research in […]

Thesis-Thesis-Thesis: From PCB Metabolites Through PFOS to Reactions in Charged Droplets

The last two weeks have been going under the title “thesis-thesis-thesis” in our group. This spring one BSc student and two MSc students from our group have defended their thesis: Sara Khabazbashi, Helen Sepman, and Thomas Ledbetter. Both Sara and Thomas have dug into the analytical standard free quantification for pollutants. Sara specifically focussed on metabolites of […]

Benchmarking of the quantification approaches for the non-targeted screening

Non-targeted screening with liquid chromatography-electrospray high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC/ESI/HRMS) is revealing hundred to thousands of contaminants in the water. We have recently proposed a way to quantify these contaminants based on the estimated LC/ESI/HRMS ionization efficiencies. But how to know how well such tools are performing? Well, we need to compare with classical methods that are […]

NORMAN interlaboratory comparison on semi-quantitative LC/HRMS

The difficulty in quantifying compounds in LC/ESI/HRMS arises from vastly different responsiveness of the compounds. At the same concentration, two compounds may yield very different signals due to the differences in the ionization efficiency of the compounds. The different responsiveness has made semi-quantitative non-targeted screening challenging. Still, research has been increasingly focussing on enabling the semi-quantification […]

Cyclic-IMS/HRMS installed in MassSLab at Stockholm University

In September a state-of-the-art cyclic-ion mobility high-resolution mass spectrometer (cyclic-IMS) will be installed in the MMK/ACES joint Mass Spectrometry Laboratory (“MassSLab”). This is the first cyclic-IMS in Sweden and one of the few in Europe. It is envisioned that this new instrument will open up exciting opportunities for novel experimentation while fostering new collaborations both […]