The environmental mass spectrometry short session at BMSS39 on September 13 was chaired by Dan Carrier.  As EFASIG leader, I presented a talk on An Historic Perspective of Applications of Chromatography Mass Spectrometry to Environmental Matrix Analysis for which the abstract is included below.

An Historic Perspective of Applications of Chromatography Mass Spectrometry to Environmental Matrix Analysis. Peter J. Baugh. BMSS EFASIG, 23, Priory Rd., Sale M33 2BU, Manchester, United Kingdom.

The questions to be posed: 1. How did it all commence? 2. What has been achieved? 3. What does the future hold? The applications of chromatography mass spectrometry to environmental matrix analysis are numerous. The origins of the utilization of GC/MS can be traced back to 1976 when the EPA proposed that the coupled instrumental technique should be the method of choice for analysis of priority pollutants in sludge. At that time, the chromatography employed packed columns with a jet separator. The first attempts were futile because one sample completely destroyed the chromatography and severely contaminated the ion source of the mass spectrometer leading to a total loss in sensitivity. Sample preparation became of prime importance and the methodology has become ever more sophisticated as has the resolution of the chromatography with the advent of fused-silica capillary columns and with a wide range of non-polar to polar stationary phases. A parallel increase in the capability and capacity of LC columns has enhanced LC/MS. The sophistication in mass spectrometry has been beyond expectation and almost beyond belief. In this short review, only a snapshot of the advances in the applications can be presented but it will be demonstrated that practioners with the instrument companies have succeeded in ensuring that chromatography mass spectrometry has a very bright and long future.

The session talks are as follows:

13:30 S11 (BMSS): ENVIRONMENTAL Chair: Mr. Dan Carrier

13.30 Keynote: Evaluation of Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry for VOC concentration and emission determination in Beijing - Automation and Calibration considerations. Marvin Shaw, University of York, UK.

14:00 Talk 1: Exploring the Advantages of Automated Sample Preparation and High Sensitivity GC-MS for SVOC and Pesticide Analysis in Environmental Waters. John Quick, ALS Environmental, UK.

14:20 Talk 2: An Historic Perspective of Applications of Chromatography Mass Spectrometry to Environmental Matrix Analysis. Peter J. Baugh, BMSS, UK.

14:40 Talk 3: Petroleomic Depth Profiling of Contaminated Staten Island Soil by GC and FT-ICR MS. Mary J. Thomas, University of Warwick, UK