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McMaster Regional Centre for Mass Spectrometry (MRCMS)

The McMaster Regional Centre for Mass Spectrometry (MRCMS) was officially opened in 1986 with funding provided by NSERC and McMaster University grants. Operated by a professional manager and a Research Scientist, MRCMS houses seven state-of-the-art mass spectrometers. This world class facility:

  • Analyzes approximately 4000 samples per year
  • Provides service to McMaster community, external institutions and corporations
  • Offers 2-day turn around for most, regular samples
  • Will develop special projects as per client requests
  • Is one of the best equipped in Canada for the structural elucidation/analysis of unknown organic, inorganic, and biochemical materials
  • Observes Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), instrument validation and documentation practices in adherence to the guidelines of Good Laboratory/Manufacturing Practices (GLP/GMP)

Information regarding MRCMS services and charges is available by contacting the facility manager.

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Facility Staff - Mass Spectrometry

A portrait of Megan Fair.

Megan Fair

Laboratory and Quality Technician

1 (905) 525-9140 x 24686
A.N. Bourns Science Building, Room 230
A portrait of Kirk Green.

Kirk Green

Ph.D. - Manager of Mass Spectrometry Facility

Information Box Group

Mailing Address:
McMaster Regional Centre for Mass Spectrometry
Department of Chemistry – ABB 113
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W. Hamilton, Ont., Canada
L8S 4M1

Voice (905) 525-9140, 23146
FAX (905) 522-2509


  • Micromass GCT (GC-EI/CI Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer)
  • Micromass/Waters Quattro Ultima (ESI/APCI-LCMS Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer)
  • Sciex 4000 QTRAP (ESI-LCMS Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer)
  • Micromass/Waters Global Ultima (ESI-LCMS Quadrupole Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer)
  • Agilent 6550 (ESI-CE/LCMS QToF Mass Spectrometer)
  • Agilent G1969 (ESI ToF Mass Spectrometer)
  • 2 Agilent 5973/6890 (GCMS)

Services Offered

  • Low resolution EI/CI/GCMS, High resolution EI/CI/GCMS
  • Low resolution ESI/APCI/LCMS, MS/MS
  • High resolution ESI/APCI, MS/MS
  • Quantification in a variety of matrices – method development if required
  • Characterization of unknowns
  • A number of instruments are available for student use, with training