Waters has introduced the new RADIAN™ ASAP™ system, a direct mass detector engineered for non-mass spectrometry (MS) experts to conduct fast and accurate analyses of solids and liquids with minimal sample preparation. It uses proven and robust single quadrupole MS technology, combined with a dedicated Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe (ASAP) source, enabling results to be obtained in seconds after a sample is loaded into the system. Gaseous analyte molecules are ionised by N2 plasma, guided into the instrument and separated by their mass-to-charge ratio. Users obtain real-time sample classification and quality assessment in less than a minute, without the need for a chromatographic separation.
The RADIAN ASAP System is compatible with a variety of Waters software solutions, including OpenLynx, MassLynx™, IonLynx™ and LiveID™. Waters has released the latest iteration of its LiveID Software, LiveID 2.0, in conjunction with RADIAN ASAP. Offering an intuitive, modern interface and easy-to-interpret results, LiveID Software offers model building capabilities for classifying samples and determining their authenticity. LiveID Software now also offers real-time spectral library matching for identifying sample compounds.
There will be applications in pharmaceuticals, for instantaneous assessment of reaction progress and the identification of purification fractions; in forensics, to identify illicit drugs from a library of known compounds; in food and beverage, to verify product authenticity and safety, adulteration or degradation by suppliers and regulators; in chemicals and materials, to streamline quality control and product development workflows such as material release testing or formulation performance testing; and in academia, to supply academic laboratories with a robust and reliable solution for teaching and method development.