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Instrumentation and Sample Submission

LTQ Orbitrap and LTQ Orbitrap XL

Ion Source of LTQ Orbitrap © Sebastian Zühlke​/​TU Dortmund
Ion Source

The Thermo Scientific LTQ Orbitrap and LTQ Orbitrap XL are hybrid mass spectrometers combining linear ion trap with OrbitrapTM technology. Thus, mass spectrometric data of high resolution and mass accuracy can be provided. Our instruments are coupled to Agilent and Shimadzu HPLC systems with autosampler, high-pressure gradient pumps, and photodiode array detector.

Details LTQ Orbitrap

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Mass time of flight system Bruker compact © Ralf Maserski​/​TU-Dortmund

The Bruker compact is an accurate mass time of flight (TOF) system delivering high quality mass spectrometric results within single runs and less need for optimization and tuning.  High resolution mass spectrometric data at a high mass range can be provided. The instrument is coupled to an Agilent HPLC system equipped with an autosampler, high-pressure gradient pumps, and photodiode array detector.

Details compact

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High-resolution time of flight system Bruker timsTOF © Ralf Maserski​/​TU-Dortmund

The Bruker timsTOFTM is a high-resolution time of flight (QTOF) system coupled to trapped ion mobility separation (tims). The system delivers high quality mass spectrometric data and high ion mobility resolution. Thus, timsTOF generates information about the three-dimensional structure of the generated ions, and their collisional cross sections (CCS) can be determined.  The instrument is coupled to an Agilent HPLC system equipped with an autosampler, high-pressure gradient pumps, and photodiode array detector.

Details timsTOF

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GC-EI-MS-TraceMS © Sebastian Zühlke​/​TU Dortmund

The ThermoScientific ISQ GC-MS system is an electron impact (EI) quadrupole nominal mass resolution system. By comparison of the generated spectra with spectra bibliography, fast identification of unknown (volatile and temperature stable) compounds can be achieved. The instrument is coupled to a TraceGC-system (Thermo) equipped with an autosampler and column oven. Additionally, Direct Exposure Probe (DEP) and Direct Insertion Probe (DIP) may help for fast analysis of compounds sensitive to moisture or oxygen.

Details ISQ GC-EI-MS

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AP-SMALDI (TransMIT)-Q-Exactive (Thermo)

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization system AS-SMALDI © CCB​/​TU Dortmund

The Thermo Scientific Q-Exactive is a hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer. It enables both targeted and non-target screening and characterization. High resolution and mass accuracy alongside sensitive detection and sufficient scan speed allow mass spectrometric imaging (MSI). The TransMIT AP-SMALDI is a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-MSI system at a high spatial resolution down to less than 10µm. The MALDI-MSI-lab is equipped with a matrix application system (SMALDIPrep, TransMIT), digital microscope (Keyence), and microcryotom (Thermo) for enhanced sample preparation.

Details AP-SMALDI/Q-Exactive

Sample Submission: Please directly contact CMS staff for detailed instruction.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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