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Seit April 2008 kooperieren die Universität Rostock (Lehrstuhl für Analytische Chemie) und das Helmholtz Zentrum München (Kooperationsgruppe „Analysis of Complex Molecular Systems“) im Bereich der Entwicklung und Anwendung massenspektrometrischer Analysetechniken für die Charakterisierung komplexer molekularer Substanzgemische.

Die dafür geschaffene Organisationsstruktur, das „Gemeinsame Massenspektrometriezentrum“ (JMSC), wird von Prof. Ralf Zimmermann geleitet. Er hat gleichzeitig den Lehrstuhl für Analytische Chemie an der Universität Rostock (UR) inne und führt die Kooperationsgruppe am Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU).

Im Frühjahr 2011 wurde die HMGU-Einheit restrukturiert und in eine unabhängige Kooperationsgruppe namens „Comprehensive Molecular Analytics“ (CMA) übergeführt. Die CMA bildet gemeinsam mit dem Lehrstuhl für Analytische Chemie (CAC) an der Universität Rostock das JMSC. Die Forschungsthemen des JMSC sind in drei Forschungseinheiten mit korrespondierenden Arbeitsgruppen jeweils an der UR und am HMGU eingeteilt (siehe Organigramm).

Health Relevant Environmental Analysis – Aerosol Research (HAR)

The first research unit of the JMSC is focused on environmental aspects and their impact on human health. The main objective of the research group “Environmental and Process Analysis” in Rostock is the analysis of chemical signatures of significant technical and environmental processes. The corresponding group at the HMGU is “Health Relevant Environmental Analysis – Aerosol Research” (HAR). It is embedded in the framework of the HMGU “Environmental Health” POF program and focuses its research activities on ambient aerosols and their health effects.

Comprehensive Molecular Profiling (CMP)

The second research unit of the JMSC deals with biomedical and health-related applications. One particular focus of the unit “Biomedical Analysis” in Rostock, which is performed in close cooperation with the University Clinic of Rostock, is the comprehensive analysis of breath gas. The corresponding research unit in Munich is named “Comprehensive Molecular Profiling” (CMP). It develops and applies novel multidimensional profiling techniques for non-targeted metabolic characterization, for instance in diabetes research or in cell-based toxicological studies on the effect of inhaled aerosols. Furthermore, this unit develops statistical data analysis tools for this very purpose.

Analytical Method Development (AMD)

The third research unit of the JMSC is “Analytical Method Development” (AMD). It is identically named at both institutions. In Rostock the AMD focuses on the advancement and implementation of single- and multiphoton ionization technologies. Photon sources are laser or lamp-based light sources, such as electron-beam pumped rare-gas excimer light sources (EBEL). At the HMGU, research focuses on the development and application of joint analytical systems. Examples are comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography or thermogravimetry coupled with single photon ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.