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Open Port Sampling Interfaces for Mass Spectrometry (OPSIs) solve a major bottleneck in the expansion of mass spectrometry, an important measurement technique, to more general use and wider application. OPSIs are a solution to the lingering problem of finding ways to introduce the analytical power of mass spectrometry to important measurement applications outside the traditional laboratory and without the presence of highly skilled analysts, such as on-site security and forensics investigations; process control; food and water safety; and noninvasive, point-of-care disease diagnosis in hospitals and clinics.

OPSIs, a winner of a 2016 R&D 100 award, are uncomplicated devices that enable varied means of introducing unprocessed samples into a solvent for rapid characterization by liquid introduction atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometry. They provide an elegantly simple means for novice and expert users of mass spectrometry to chemically characterize materials in near real time without sample preparation or fear of instrument contamination.

Each year for more than 50 years, R&D Magazine has honored the 100 best innovations in research and development. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards. Innovators with an exceptional product developed between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 should apply. Submissions close April 14, 2017

For information on the 55th Annual R&D 100 Awards visit the R&D 100 Conference website.

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