Inside Cover, Volume 51, Issue 7


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Research in polymer science and engineering is moving from classical methodologies to advanced analytical strategies in which mass spectrometry (MS)-based techniques play a crucial role. The molecular complexity of polymers requires new characterization tools and approaches to elucidate the detailed structural information. In the work by Ulrich S. Schubert and colleagues on page 1595, a comparison study using different tandem MS techniques (ESI, APCI, and MALDI MS/MS) is reported to provide insights into the macromolecular structure of polymers with the aid of a special MS/MS data interpretation software. The application of a tailor-made software is shown to analyze complex MS/MS data, and it is shown that this kind of software will be helpful for polymer scientists to identify fragmentation products obtained by tandem MS, for instance in the fields of proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, and glycomics.