RESEARCH GROUP

Center for Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (Crom-Mass)

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Minciencias Classification : A1

CROM-MASS Research Group works together with the CIBIMOL group and is part of the CENIVAM Research Center of Excellence. It offers analytical services to companies, national and Latin American educational and technological entities; provides training courses, workshops and is a place for internships for technical professionals and researchers from Colombia and other Latin American countries. Its research and outreach areas are very diverse, including food, natural products, cosmetic ingredients, environmental and petrochemical studies, forensic chemistry. Chromatography and mass spectrometry are fundamental tools in CROM-MASS research, services, and consultancy.

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Antioxidant activity of synthetic organic compounds
90%
Antioxidant activity of natural products
90%
Environmental analysis
90%
Food analysis
90%
Forensic analysis
90%
Petrochemical analysis
90%
Obtaining and characterization of essential oils and aromas
95%
Metabolite separation and purification processes
90%
Agro-industrial production of secondary plant metabolites
90%
Organic synthesis
50%
Catalytic transformation of natural products
50%

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Services

Food analysis

Environmental analysis

Natural products

Forensic chemistry

Petrochemical and industrial analysis

Other services: Courses, training, workshops and internships

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Food analysis

  • Fatty acid profile in oils, fats, raw materials and finished consumer products.

  • 3-MCDP and glycidol in vegetable oils.

  • Cholesterol in foods.

  • Pesticide residues in cereals, meat, dairy products, fats, vegetables.

  • Residues of veterinary drugs and hormones in meat.

  • Multiresidues of pesticides in fruits and vegetables (>600 substances).

  • Multiresidues of pesticides in green coffee beans.

  • 2,4-D in green coffee beans.

  • Sugars in juices, syrups, honeys.

  • Volatile fractions, aromas, flavors and fragrances.

  • Vitamins in food products, beverages, juices.

  • Acrylamide in processed products, snacks; xanthines, catechins, flavonoids, in plant material, coffee, cocoa, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, extracts, nutriceuticals.

  • Methanol, ethanol and other alcohols in beverages.

  • Steviosides in plant material and extracts.

  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons in sauces, oils and smoked products.

  • Methyl mercury and mercury in fish, shellfish, marine and river products.

Environmental analysis

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in dielectric oils.

  • Organochlorine, organophosphate, carbamate and triazine pesticides in water, soil, plant material.

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls in water, soil, paper, fats.

  • Trihalomethanes in water; BTEX: benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in water.

  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons in water, soil, plant material.

  • Hydrocarbons (gasoline and kerosene type petroleum fractions) in water.

  • Total mercury in air, water, soil, breath, hair, food, plant material.

  • Phthalates and polymer additives in water, soil, food.

  • Emerging contaminants in water.

Natural products

  • Analysis of cannabinoids (THC, CBC, CBN) in plant material and marijuana products.

  • Analysis of catechins in plant material

  • Analysis of tocopherols in plant oils

  • Analysis of pesticide residues in essential oils and plant material.

  • Fatty acid profile in plant oils (FAME)

  • Analysis of phenolic compounds in plant extracts

  • Allergen and adulteration analysis of essential oils

  • Chemical composition analysis of essential oils

  • Analysis of optical isomers in essential oils

  • Analysis of fragrances and aromas by GC-FIC/MS, GC-MS/MS, GCxGC-HRMS.

  • Determination of antioxidant capacity (ORAC, ABTS and DPPH assays) of essential oils and plant extracts.

  • Analysis of alkaloids, terpenes, flavonoids and xanthines.

  • Analysis of mercury in plant material

  • Preparation of essential oil data sheets: density, solubility, polarity, refractive index, flash point, humidity, acidity index, ester index.

Forensic chemistry

  • Drugs of abuse: opioids, stimulants, cannabinoids, hallucinogens, solvents, precursors.

  • Residues of drugs of illicit use in physiological samples.

  • Explosives and post-explosion residues.

  • Residues of malicious or premeditated fire accelerants.

Petrochemical and industrial analysis

  • Gases dissolved in dielectric oils (TOGA analysis).

  • Volatile fraction of crude oil.

  • SARA analysis: saturated and aromatic hydrocarbons, resins and asphaltenes in crude oils.

  • Biomarkers in saturated and aromatic fractions of crude oils.

  • Polymers: additives, volatile substances, degradation products.

  • Solvent analysis.

Other services

  • Functionalized natural ingredients: essential oils, extracts.

  • Distillation, fractionation and rectification of essential oils.

  • Obtaining plant extracts.

  • Lyophilization.

  • Design of distillation and extraction equipment.

  • Raw and rectified essential oils.

  • Propagation and sale of aromatic and medicinal plants.

  • Development and validation of analytical methods (chromatography and mass spectrometry).

  • Development of final products: soaps, air fresheners, perfumes, massage oils, mouthwashes, flavorings and gels.

  • Stability testing of final products.

Courses, training, workshops and internships

  • Gas chromatography.

  • Liquid chromatography.

  • Mass spectrometry.

  • Couplings: GC-MS, LC-MS, MS-MS and applications.

  • Sample preparation and extraction techniques.

  • Validation of chromatographic methods.

  • Chemometrics and design of experiments.

  • Mass spectra interpretation.

  • GC-MS, LC-MS, MS-MS applications in forensic, environmental, food and natural products.

  • Course on essential oils and aromatic plants.

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Center for Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (Crom-Mass)

UIS Main Campus – Edificio 45

Telephone: +57 (607) 645 6737

PBX: +57 (607) 634 4000

Phone extension: 1133 – 1137 – 1140

Email: cenivam2@tucan.uis.edu.co 

Group leader

Elena Stashenko

PBX: +57 (607) 634 4000

Extension: 1133

Email: elena@tucan.uis.edu.co

Office hours:

Monday to Friday

7:00 a.m. a 12:00 m.

2:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m.

Do you want more information?

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Center for Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (Crom-Mass)

UIS Main Campus – Edificio 45

Telephone: +57 (607) 645 6737

PBX: +57 (607) 634 4000

Phone extension: 1133 – 1137 – 1140

Email: cenivam2@tucan.uis.edu.co 

Group leader

Elena Stashenko

PBX: +57 (607) 634 4000

Extension: 1133

Email: elena@tucan.uis.edu.co

Office hours:

Monday to Friday

7:00 a.m. a 12:00 m.

2:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m.

Do you want more information?

Contact Us

Center for Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (Crom-Mass)

UIS Main Campus – Edificio 45

Telephone: +57 (607) 645 6737

PBX: +57 (607) 634 4000

Phone extension: 1133 – 1137 – 1140

Email: cenivam2@tucan.uis.edu.co 

Group leader

Elena Stashenko

PBX: +57 (607) 634 4000

Extension: 1133

Email: elena@tucan.uis.edu.co

Office hours:

Monday to Friday

7:00 a.m. a 12:00 m.

2:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m.