Tomas Cajka | Authors


Towards Merging Targeted and Untargeted Analysis of the Lipidome, Metabolome, and Exposome

Tomas Cajka previews his keynote lecture at HPLC 2019, where he will introduce an LC−MS workflow (LIpids, Metabolites and eXposome compounds [LIMeX]) for simultaneous extraction of complex lipids, polar metabolites, and exposome compounds that combines LC–MS targeted and untargeted analysis.

GC–TOF-MS and DART–TOF-MS: Challenges in the Analysis of soft drinks

The potential of the time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) to innovate the analysis of soft drinks is described using gas chromatography (GC) hyphenated to TOF-MS and a new type of ion source, direct analysis in real time (DART), coupled to high-resolution TOF-MS. Head-space solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was used to isolate/extract volatile compounds followed by GC–TOF-MS to identify tainted compound in contaminated soft drinks. Direct analysis in real time–time-of-flight mass spectrometry (DART–TOF-MS) was also used to obtain negative and positive ion profiles of different soft drinks to determine the presence of various compounds, including antimicrobial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, acidulants and saccharides, without any sample preparation and chromatographic separation.

Gas Chromatography–Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry in Food Analysis

Gas chromatography (GC) coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) offers unique solutions for various analytical applications including the analysis of food quality, authenticity and safety markers. This article provides a general overview of TOF-MS basic features, highlighting its advantages and limitations compared with GC using conventional mass analysers. Examples of recent results obtained for selected food contaminants and flavour components are described to illustrate the potential of this recently introduced technique.