1 November 2010
Designed to automate and improve detection and measurement of multiple target chemicals in complex GC/MS data sets, TargetView has been launched by Almsco. The software package will benefit GC/MS users in a range of important fields, including environmental monitoring; food, flavour and fragrance profiling; forensic science; and testing chemical emissions from consumer goods.
While current compound identification methodology is often time consuming and prone to error (false positives and negatives) even in expert hands, TargetView provides a simpler and more accurate way of identifying which target compounds are present in a sample. In addition to this, it provides reliable peak area information to complement and support quantification by conventional GC/MS data handling packages. The software can also be used to identify the total number of compounds present in a sample (knowns and unknowns) by library searching.
The interface and reporting format are easy to use with few parameters requiring manual setting and no need for in-depth knowledge in either deconvolution or chemometrics. Furthermore, the software package can process all common GC/MS data formats, thereby lending itself to simple integration with existing laboratory procedures. TargetView also works with chromatograms of worst-case complexity; e.g. with high numbers of analytes of varying concentrations and with high degrees of compound co-elution.
It can automatically detect hundreds of target compounds in one run and immediately generates a simple customisable report including details such as retention times, quantification ions, peak area values and match coefficients as required.