Since its inception, Mass Spec has continued the innovative use of mass spectrometry in forensics, enabling a breakthrough in 1996 when the company launched the individual banknote analysis technique in the UK court system.

This novel approach enabled many thousands of individual banknotes to be analysed quickly and reliably, making other techniques used at the time, obsolete.

Forensic Analysis

Mass Spec strives be in the forefront of forensic analysis; developing novel techniques whenever new challenges arise within their specialist fields.

Mass Spec pioneered the individual banknote technique and is the only company in the UK to offer this service, applying it to the detection of traces on a vast range of samples. This technique uses innovative technology developed in-house by our highly experienced team of chemists and engineers.

Using modified, off the shelf AB Sciex triple quadrupole mass spectrometers, a range of sampling devices has been specially developed to tackle a number of forensic analytical challenges, including the analysis of clothing, vehicles, fabrics,boarding passes or tickets, mobile telephones and banknotes. 

Our trace laboratory currently houses seven triple quadrupole mass spectrometer systems, each dedicated to processing a variety of forensic samples for traces of drugs.