Summary: The NIST 14 mass spectral library, the successor to the NIST 11, is a fully evaluated collection of electron ionization (EI) and MS/MS mass spectra, with chemical and GC data, plus search software to identify your own unknown spectra. It is a product of a more than three decade, comprehensive evaluation and expansion of the world's most widely used mass spectral reference library by a team of experienced mass spectrometrists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in which each spectrum was examined for correctness.
NIST 14 is not just a mass spectral library. It contains these components:
Libraries are formatted the binary format suitable for use alone or by the NIST MS Search software (and AMDIS). Additional instrument-specific formats (e.g. Agilent ChemStation and MassHunter) are available separately to permit library searching directly within your GC/MS or LC/MS data system.
With each purchase, we ship a CD (installs software, libraries, and documentation) and a printed manual.
To check for compounds in the NIST library, you may search names of compounds online.>
Statistics for NIST 11 and earlier versions are given below.
|NIST 14||NIST 11||NIST 08||NIST 05||NIST 02|
|EI Spectral Library:
Number of EI Spectra
(with separable collection of 717 spectra of 672 salts)
|Number of Unique Compounds||242,466||212,961||192,108||163,198||147,198|
|Retention Index (Kovats/Lee)||387,463 index values for 82,868 compounds (56,216 in the EI library)||346,757 index values for 70,838 compounds (38,648 in the EI library)||224,038 index values for 44,008 compounds (21,847 in the EI library), now on both polar and non-polar columns.||121,112 index values for 25,893 compounds (12,452 in the EI Library), on only non-polar columns.||NONE|
|MS/MS Library||234,284 spectra: 51,216 ion trap spectra for 42,126 different ions of 8,171 compounds, and 183,068 collision cell spectra (qtof and tandem quad) spectra for 14,835 different ions of 7,692 compounds.||95,409 spectra (10,065 ion trap spectra of 9,194 different ions of 4,628 compounds; 85,344 collision cell spectra (qtof and tandem quad) of 7,172 different ions of 3,877 compounds)[#] (121,586 spectra in 2012 update)||14,802 spectra of 5,308 precursor ions (3,898 cations and 1,410 anions).||5,191 spectra of 1,943 different ions (1,671 positive and 341 negative)||NONE|
|NIST MS Search software||v. 2.2 (2014-04)||v. 2.0g (2011-05)||v. 2.0f (2008-08)||v. 2.0d (2005-04)||v. 2.0a (2002-07)|
|AMDIS software||v. 2.72 (2014-04)||v. 2.70 (2011-05)||v. 2.65 (2006-12)||v. 2.62 (2005-03)||v. 2.1 (2002-07)|
|Release Date||July 2014||June 2011||August 2008||June 2005||July 2002|
(*) plus quality improvements
See also What's New in NIST 14.
This is a "fully evaluated" collection of electron ionization (EI) mass spectra. It is the product of a more than three decade, comprehensive evaluation and expansion of the world's most widely used mass spectral reference library by a team of experienced mass spectrometrists in which each spectrum was examined for correctness. Each spectrum has been carefully evaluated, and all decisions regarding selection or deletion were made only after agreement of two experienced mass spectral evaluators, as described in presentations at major conferences. While computer methods assisted in finding chemical identification errors and inconsistencies, and revealed certain varieties of mass spectral errors, manual interpretation was the principal basis for this evaluation effort.
The Electron Ionization (EI) mass spectral library consists of 276,248 spectra of 242,466 unique compounds. Besides spectra, typical data include name, formula, molecular structure (.mol), molecular weight, CAS number, contributor name, list of peaks, synonyms, and estimated and/or measured retention index.
Name: 1-Decanol Formula: C10H22O MW: 158 Exact Mass: 158.167066 CAS#: 112-30-1 NIST#: 374910 ID#: 37364 DB: mainlib Other DBs: Fine, TSCA, RTECS, HODOC, NIH, EINECS, IRDB Contributor: NIST Mass Spectrometry Data Center, 2010 InChIKey: MWKFXSUHUHTGQN-UHFFFAOYSA-N 10 largest peaks: 70 999 | 55 987 | 56 859 | 69 823 | 43 732 | 41 727 | 83 724 | 84 476 | 57 452 | 97 389 | Synonyms: 1.Decyl alcohol; 2.n-Decan-1-ol; 3.n-Decanol; 4.n-Decyl alcohol; 5.Alcohol C10; 6.Alfol 10; 7.Capric alcohol; 8.Caprinic alcohol; 9.Decanol; 10.Nonylcarbinol; 11.Sipol L10; 12.T-148; 13.Decylic Alcohol; 14.Decan-1-ol; 15.Decanol-(1); 16.Agent 504; 17.Antak; 18.Dytol S-91; 19.Decyl, n- alcohol; 20.Lorol 22; 21.Primary decyl alcohol; 22.Royaltac; 23.C 10 alcohol; 24.Epal 10; 25.Royaltac-85; 26.Royaltac M-2; 27.Lorol C10; 28.Nonylcacarbinol; 29.1-Hydroxydecane; 30.Conol 10N; 31.Kalcohl 10H; 32.NSC 406313; 33.Nacol 10-99
The NIST EI Library focuses on:
Here is a breakdown by mass:
The best quality spectra are placed in the Main Library; and good-quality, alternate spectra are provided in the Selected Replicates Library.
NIST includes a collection salts and low-volatile substances not expected to be measurable by GC/MS. Here's a breakdown by mass (data from 2008 version, of 717 spectra of 672 compounds):
To check whether certain compounds or classes of compounds exist within the NIST database, you may do an online search of compounds in the NIST MS database.
NIST spectra have been obtained from thousands of sources. Major sources include
# Spectra, Name (data from 2014 version) 44447 V.G.Zaikin,R.S.Borisov, Topchiev Inst. Petrochem. Synth (TIPS RAS), Moscow 30498 A.A.Kutin, Moscow, Russia 29729 Chemical Concepts 22527 NIST Mass Spectrometry Data Center 31(2014), 199(2013), 1347(2012), 270(2011), 4034(2010), 1126(2009), 60(2008), 237(2007), 1335(1998), 48(1995), 2775(1994), 211(1992), 2183(1990), 8672(other) 16737 Japan AIST/NIMC Database: 9026(MS-NW-X), 7711(MS-IW-X) 11135 L.N.Kulikova,R.S.Borisov,V.G.Zaikin, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow 9136 J. Little, Eastman chemical company,Kingsport,TN 7895 Div. of Experiment Therapeutics WRAIR, WRAMC, Washington DC 20307 4794 V.A.Korolev, Moscow, Russia 4581 A.T.Lebedev, Moscow State University, Russia 3760 LAC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 2836 D.HENNEBERG, MAX-PLANCK INSTITUTE, MULHEIM, WEST GERMANY 2807 ASES Database, Dalian Institute, P.R. China 2735 CARL DJERASSI DEPT OF CHEM STANFORD UNIV STANFORD CALIF 94305 2308 Asinex Ltd, Moscow, Russia 1886 Institute of Organic Chemistry, USSR: 1988,1990 1862 A.Mazepa, Phys.-Chem.Institute, Odessa, Ukraine 1728 RADIAN CORP 1683 Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Department of Chemistry, Analytical Group 1666 A.Pleshkova, Nesmeyanov Inst.Org.Elem.Cpds, Moscow 1662 Chuck Anderson, Aldrich Chemical Co. 1279 Drug Lab 1105 TNO Volatile Compounds in Food - Chemical Concepts 1093 Organic Synthesis Lab, MSU, Moscow 1045 William W. Christie, Mylnefield Lipid Analysis, Invergowrie, Dundee, Scotland, UK 995 John Halket,Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 898 A. Brossi, LC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 812 Patti Price, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Decatur, Georgia 797 V.A.KOPTYUG, ATLAS OF MASS SPECTRA OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS 787 H. Fales, LC, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 704 Tox21 Consortium/NIST Mass Spectrometry Data Center, 2012 702 J.E. WILKINSON S-CUBED, SAN DIEGO, CA. 600 Dr. Jiri Zamecnik, DCIEM, North York, Canada, GP Library 566 R.T.HOLMAN,UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 549 Philip Morris R&D 542 AAFS Toxicology Section MS DB Committee, U. Alberta, Canada 522 A.S.Moskovkin,I.M.Karnaukh, Russian Center on Disaster Medicine 495 Finnigan MAT: Toxicological Library (LIBR-TX) 492 B. Derendyaev, Novosibirsk Institute of Organic Chemistry 406 P.A. Leclercq, Lab. Instrum. Anal., Eindhoven Univ. Technol., Netherlands 396 Leung Pu, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. 395 A. Lebedev, Chemistry Department, Moscow State University 384 J. Klune, Insect Chem. Ecol. Lab., USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705 354 Insect Chem. Ecol. Lab., USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705 374 G.S. KING, CHEM. PATHOL. DEP., QUEEN CHARLOTTE'S HOSP., LONDON 364 R RYHAGE MS-LAB KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET STOCKHOLM SWEDEN 352 L. Cohen, LC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 343 Darrick Lee, Cayman Chemical, Ann Arbor, MI 333 J.M. Halket, Trace Anal. Unit (TAU), London, UK 332 HD Science, UK 326 N.D.Kagramanov, Moscow, Russia 317 W.Jennings, T.Shibamoto 310 F. TURECEK,HEYROVSKY INST PHYS CHEM & ELECTROCHEM,PRAGUE,CZECH 308 A. Mujsce, AT&T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, N.J., USA 296 O A MAMER, MCGILL UNIVERSITY, MONTRE 295 G. Lange, Inst. Org. Chem., Univ. Wurzburg, Germany 279 TAT 272 K. Kirk, LC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 144 K. Kirk, LBC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 272 Richard Turcotte. Direction des laboratoires d'expertises et d'analyses alimentaires, Quebec, Canada. 262 K. Jacobson, LBC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 259 A.Pleshkova, Moscow,Russia 255 A.Pleshkova, Inst. Org. Elem. Cpds, Moscow 251 Dmitri Zagorevskii, Scientific Instruments & Applications 251 MASS SPECTROMETRY CENTER, UNIV. OF UTAH; ALDRICH 242 J. Daly, M. Garraffo, T. Spande, LBC-NIDDK-NIH, Bethesda, MD 241 S. MARKEY UNIV. OF COLO. MED. CTR., DENVER, COLORADO, USA 235 Dennis Rohrbaugh, CBDCOM/ERDEC, Edgewood, MD 231 H. Luftmann, Org. Chem. Inst., Westfalisch-Wilhelms Univ., Munster, Germany 230 CONTINENTAL OIL CO., PONCA CITY, OKLA, USA 217 N.Klyuev, Institute of Ecology & Evolution, RAS, Moscow 212 S.M. Lee, CA Export Lab. Services, CA, USA 211 J. SHAW, BORRISTON RESEARCH, ROCKVILLE, MD, USA 198 D.G.Hayward MS, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, College Park MD. 194 J.VOTH UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, 95616, USA 192 BAY 189 P. VAINIOTALO, DEPT. CHEM., UNIV. JOENSUU, JOENSUU, FINLAND 188 Susan Richardson 179 ATLAS OF MASS SPECTRA OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, V. A. KOPTYUG, ED. 175 V.A. KOPTYUG, ATLAS OF MS OF ORG. CMPDS., ED. 2 173 Dr. P.K. Shah, NYC Police Laboratory, NY 166 W.T.RAINEY OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY,OAK RIDGE,TN.USA 162 A.I. Gren, Phys.-Chem. Inst., Acad. Sci. Ukraine, Odessa, Ukraine 162 Dmitri Zagorevskii, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 162 G. Lange, Inst. Org. Chem., Univ. Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany 161 A. Brossi, LAC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 160 R.E.Ardrey ET AL.Pharmaceutical Mass Spectra,L.,1985 157 Association of Official Racing Chemists 157 N.W. Davies, Centr. Sci. Lab., Univ. Tasmania, Hobart, Australia 156 Institute of Chemistry, SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia 151 S.A. Rang et al., IR & MS of Unsatd. Hydrocarbons, 1977 149 ChemBridge Corp. 145 MASS SPECTROMETRY CENTER, UNIV. OF UTAH EPA-PTSEL 144 CATALOGUE OF MASS SPECTRA OF PESTICIDES, APRIL, 1975; J. FREUDENTHAL & L. G. GRAMBERG, NAT'L INST. OF PUBLIC HEALTH, THE NETHERLANDS 142 VERIFIN - Methodology 141 Mark Whitten, Florida Museum of Natural History, U. of Florida 139 FOOD RESEARCH REPORT 1XX, K.E. MURRAY & COLLEAGUES, DIV. OF FOOD RESEARCH, CSIRO, AUSTRALIA 137 VERIFINN 135 B.R. PETTIT, QUEEN CHARLOTTE'S MAT. HOSP., LONDON, U.K. 134 J.T. CLERC, ORGANIC CHEM. LAB., ETH, ZURICH, SWITZ. 132 R. P. Adams and V. Dev, Synthesis and GCMS analysis of angelates and tiglates as an aid to identification of these components in essential oils, Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 25, 71, 2010 129 Virginia Division of Forensic Science 127 E. Zissis, LC, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 126 Frank Antolasic, RMIT Applied Chemistry Department, Victoria Australia 3001 123 S K.-T. Yu et al. RI and mass spectra of PFP and HFB esters of carboxylic acid, Nat Inst for Petroleum and Energy Research, 1990 122 R. C. DOUGHERTY 119 H. ALDERCREUTZ, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, HELSINKI, FINLAND 117 M.G.HORNING,INST.FOR LIPID RES,BAYLOR COLL.OF MED,HOUSTON,TEX 115 H.LAATSCH,INST. ORG. CHEM.,GEORG-AUGUST-UNIV. GOTTINGEN,W.GER. 111 Pu Leung, NIH, Bethesda, MD 110 D.J.HARVEY UNIV. DEPT. OF PHARMACOLOGY, OXFORD, UK 110 T.A.BLAZER, DU PONT, GIBBSTOWN, N.J., USA 107 OGDEN BioServices Corp., NCI, Rockville, MD 20852 104 USAF ACADEMY, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO 80840; J LLOYD PFLUG 102 J.M. MILLER,BROCK UNIVERSITY,ONTARIO,CANADA 102 L. Tsai, LB, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892 102 P. BRUCK, MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA, HUNGARY 101 CSV Ltd., Moscow, Russia 101 FDA, Los Angeles District Laboratory 101 R.W.A.OLIVER UNIV. OF SALFORD, SALFORD, LANCASHIRE, UK ...and thousands of other sources...
Most of the MS/MS spectra have been measured on ion trap and collision cell (qTOF, QQQ, and HCD) instruments using electrospray ionization, although spectra from a number of other instrument types and ionization methods are represented.
See NIST 14 MS/MS for details on the MS/MS library.
Gas phase retention data for compounds common to the EI and NIST Retention Data collection are provided with links to the EI library. This involves 387,463 Kovacs retention indices and corresponding GC methods, column conditions and literature citations for 82,868 compounds. Data include both non-polar and polar columns. Most values were abstracted from the open literature and then compared to replicate values and estimates to find and remove errors. We also continue to provide estimates of retention indices for most compounds in the library using an extension of a method developed earlier for boiling points [2-3].
GC data includes
Typical GC data for a compound (decanol) is below:
Experimental RI median±deviation (#data) Semi-standard non-polar: 1273±2 (69) Standard non-polar: 1257±3 (73) Polar: 1760±9 (70) Estimated non-polar retention index (n-alkane scale): Value: 1258 iu Confidence interval (Alcohols): 41(50%) 176(95%) iu Retention index. 1. Value: 1256 iu Column Type: Capillary Column Class: Standard non-polar Active Phase: CP-Sil PONA GB Column Length: 100 m Carrier Gas: He Column Diameter: 0.25 mm Phase Thickness: 0.25 um Data Type: Linear RI Program Type: Ramp Start T: 140 C End T: 230 C Heat Rate: 5 K/min Start Time: 10 min End Time: 25 min Source: Cunicao, M.M.; Lopes, A.R.; Cocco, L.C.; Yamamoto, C.I.; Plocharski, R.C.B.; Miguel, M.D.; Junior, A.G.; Auer, C.G.; Miguel, O.G., Phytochemical and antibacterial evaluation of essential oils from Ottonia Martiana Miq. (Piperaceae), J. Braz. Chem. Soc., 18(1), 2007, 184-188. 2. Value: 1255.2 iu Column Type: Capillary Column Class: Standard non-polar Active Phase: DB-1 Column Length: 30 m Carrier Gas: He Column Diameter: 0.25 mm Phase Thickness: 0.25 um Data Type: Linear RI Program Type: Ramp Start T: 40 C End T: 325 C Heat Rate: 3 K/min Source: Sun, G.; Stremple, P., Retention index characterization of flavor, fragrance, and many other compounds on DB-1 and DB-XLB, 2003. ...214 more GC records (omitted from this display)...
The GC data is useful not only for the GC retention index values but also for the GC column conditions and cited literature that goes with it.
See NIST 14 GC/RI for details on this library.
. Babushok, V.I., Linstrom, P.J., Reed, J.J., Zenkevich, I.G., Brown, R.L., Mallard, W.G., Stein, S.E., Development of a database of gas chromatographic retention properties of organic compounds. J.Chromatog. A, 2007, 1157, 414-421.
. Stein, S.E., Brown, R.L. Estimation of normal boiling points from group contributions. J.Chem.Inform.Comput.Sci., 1994, 34, 581-587.
. Stein, S.E., Babushok, V.I., Brown, R.L., Linstrom, P.J., Estimation of Kovats retention indices using group contributions. J.Chem.Inf.Modeling, 2007, 47, 975-980.
(Note: See What's New in NIST 14 for more recent changes.)
Figure: NIST MS Search software
The updated, full-featured NIST MS Search Program for Windows has a full range of integrated tools. The new updated version of this widely used, full-featured software is designed for identifying compounds from their mass spectra and for exploring mass spectral libraries. It also contains tools for deconvoluting gas/liquid chromatograms and interpreting mass spectra.
This software provides a flexible means of accessing data in the NIST and User libraries including:
When the program is first started, seven tiled windows appear on the screen (the Desktop), each with its own data and behavior. The behavior of any Window may be modified by making it active (clicking on it) and then pressing the AdjustWin button at the bottom of the Desktop. As you become familiar with program operation, you may wish to change the dimensions of some Windows or even close some of them to create a custom Desktop. When the program is restarted, it will begin with the most recent Desktop. To save a window-arrangement Desktop for future use, select Desktop from the Menu Bar and then Save As from the resulting Menu. Prior Desktops may be restored using one of the predefined names or your own name. Such arrangements describe the geometry and type of information shown in each Window, not the actual data contained in it. To restore a previous hit list, select it from the list at the top of the Hit List Window.
Library Searching - Identify unknown compounds and substructures using fully documented and optimized procedures, or search by a wide range of compound and spectral properties.
Library Building - Maintain your own libraries, add your own chemical structures and search using the same optimized procedures developed for NIST.
Flexible User Interface - Set multiple Desktop configurations with up to seven independently configured windows to examine search results and match your needs.
Use with Your Instrument Data Systems - Direct transfer between a number of commercial data systems and the NIST Search Program.
Adding User-Drawn Structures
Users may import their own chemical structures with selected user spectra. This is done in the Tools/Librarian section of the program by connecting a user-drawn structure in standard MOL-file format with a user spectrum. Such structure-drawing programs are widely available (for example, ISIS/Draw may be freely downloaded from http://www.mdli.com/prod/freesw.html). As before, if a user spectrum is given its CAS registry number and the Main Library has a structure for it, this structure will automatically be shown with user spectra unless the user has attached an imported structure to the spectrum.
Aids for Automation and Reporting
A variety of methods for automated searching and reporting of results are available. From the File menu selection, if Print automation is on, printing will follow each library search. A set of print options is also available from the "User Search Options" Window (select Search, then User spectrum). This is of particular use when using this NIST Program with other data acquisition programs.
EI, MS/MS, and GC RI libraries have all undergone substantial enhancements in the 2014 release (see also statistics at the top of this page).
Updated Software: A number of major new features have been added to the search software. The most significant are
The AMDIS software extracts pure component spectra from complex GC/MS or LC/MS data files and searches against specialized libraries or the NIST library. This module was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the critical task of verifying a major international treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention. After two years of development and extensive testing it is now being made available to the general analytical chemistry community. AMDIS can operate as a "black box" chemical identifier, displaying all identifications that meet a user-selectable degree of confidence. Identification can be aided by internal standards and retention times. Libraries can be built directly from analyzed data files or from spectra in the NIST/EPS/NIH Database. AMDIS can also serve as a preprocessing tool for the GC/MS data files, automatically performing noise reduction for all components. It permits traditional library searching for any selected component. A flexible interface is provided to assist the analysis of complex matrices.
Included as a separate utility, AMDIS attempts to reconstruct original mass spectra for individual components in arbitrarily complex GC/MS and LC/MS reconstructed total ion current (RTIC) chromatograms; and, if a target library is provided, can directly identify target compounds. AMDIS is especially useful when an RTIC chromatographic peak represents multiple components. Regardless of each component's concentration, pure mass spectra are deconvoluted for analyses. AMDIS was developed by NIST for the Defense Weapons Agency (Department of Defense) for verifying compliance with a major international treaty (Chemical Weapons Convention) ratified by the United States Senate in 1997. In order to meet the rigorous requirements for this purpose, AMDIS was tested against more than 30,000 GC/MS data files accumulated by the EPA Contract Laboratory Program without a single false-positive for the target set of known chemical warfare agents. While this level of reliability may not be required for all laboratories, this shows the degree to which the algorithms have been tested.
AMDIS has been designed to reconstruct "pure component" spectra from complex RTIC chromatograms even when components are present at trace levels. For this purpose, observed chromatographic behavior is used along with a range of noise-reduction methods. AMDIS is distributed with specialized libraries (environmental, flavor and fragrance, and drugs and toxins), that were derived from the NIST Library. AMDIS has a range of other features, including the ability to search the entire NIST Library with any of the spectra extracted from the original data file. It can also employ retention index windows when identifying target compounds and can make use of internal and external standards maintained in separate libraries. A history list of selected performance standards is also maintained.
As of version 2.65, AMDIS reads data files in the following formats:
AMDIS may also be downloaded separately.
Figure: NIST MS interpreter
This utility enables the user to examine neutral losses, isotope patterns and possible chemical formulas along with computer assisted chemical structure/spectral analysis. Starting with Version 1.5, the program has offered a unique means of interpreting spectra of compounds not identified in the Library by the User spectrum search. This is most useful when no acceptable matching spectra are found in a User spectrum search of the NIST Library. At this point, by selecting Substructure Information from the Tools menu, the current hit list is analyzed and statistical information on the composition of the unknown is derived from the hit list. For instance, the probability that any of a range of substructures are present or absent are listed (phenyl, acid, ester group, double bond, heteroatom, etc.) along with an estimate of the molecular weight and chlorine/bromine content (the latter is based only on the spectrum itself).
This tool was developed to aid NIST evaluators in their analysis of mass spectra. In one integrated program, it permits a wide range of calculations on a mass spectrum using--if available--a proposed chemical structure. Spectra and structures are associated in the library facility of the Windows Search Program discussed above, and the program is activated from the Tools menu. Peaks in the spectrum originating as a logical fragment of the molecule are marked, and corresponding fragments may be highlighted. It also allows the analyst to keep track of important neutral losses, both from the parent or a derived ion, and to readily compute possible formulas for any peak or neutral loss and isotopic patterns as desired. Observed isotopic clusters can be compared to theoretical predictions subject to a number of user-specified constraints.
Figure: NIST Formula and Isotopic Pattern Generator
Operating system requirements:
Complete installation (libraries, NIST MS Search program, and AMDIS) requires about 1.4 GB of free hard disk space. The MS search program requires Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, XP, or Vista.
Note for Windows NT 4: Latest versiosn of AMDIS, MS Interpreter, and Lib2NIST are not compatible with Windows NT 4.0. You may need to download the older AMDIS version 2.63. Running 2.66 on NT 4 gives the error "AMDIS_32.EXE - Entry Point Not Found - The procedure entry point MonitorFromPoint could not be located in the dynamic link library USER32.dll".
NIST 08 Note: Old ChemStations (B1701BA): the error about $_ undefined can be resolved by replacing $_(number, string) with string in the ChemStation macros. Contact us for instructions if you run into this.
Download NIST 08 Demo. The demo differs from the full version of NIST mainly in that it contains a very small subset of the database and a slightly older version of the software (2008 version). Also, this is a demo does not contain the Agilent integration (ChemStation/MassHunter macros nor NIST in the ChemStation .L format), although you can load Agilent .D files into the included NIST AMDIS program, which in turn integrates with NIST MS Search.
Note: For some MS data systems that search for the NIST MS Search program location in the "c:\windows\win.ini" (or "c:\winnt\win.ini") file, you might need to edit that file in a text editor to change the line "[NISTMSDEMO]" to "[NISTMS]" like the real version of NIST.
Download AMDIS 2.71 (July 2012) (free) (a somewhat older version of this is included in demo and need not be downloaded separately)
Instructions by MS manufacturer:
(The above list is somewhat of a moving target. Please drop us an e-mail if anything here is incomplete.)
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