Please email us (ss101 at st-andrews.ac.uk) prior to sending your sample so that we can discuss the aim of the analysis and the different mass spec approaches to achieve the best results. We can also give you an estimated idea of analysis time, which depends on our current workload but is usually within 5 days of receiving the sample. All samples should be submitted with a Sample submission form submission-form-2016
For a gel band we like to be able to see a band. Coomassie, Silver and Sypro bands are all analysable. Please cut out your band carefully avoiding any excess gel, see this example for guidance. how-to-cut-out-a-gel-band.
Samples in solution for intact mass analysis or identification, should ideally be at 10-20uM and preferably 10-20ul volume to give us apotions to try different conditions if necessary. Sample must be free of detergent.
How to send a sample
Please post your samples to the address on the Contact us page.
Gel samples should be placed in a 1.5ml eppendorf tube with ~10ul of water, sealed with parafilm and labelled clearly. It is fine to post gel samples at room temperature. Please post in a padded envelope if using the normal Royal Mail postal system as we have had eppendorfs pop open due to being passed through the rollers in the mailrooms.
Solution samples, it is entirely sample dependent whether you post at room temp, on ice or on dry ice. You know your sample best. We would recommend that you don’t post the sample on a Thursday or Friday as there is a danger that it will not arrive before the weekend so may spend the weekend in the back of a delivery van.
Sample Charges and VAT
We charge per sample analysis – Here are our current charges, pricing 2017. These are to be used as a guide only, charges can vary depending upon specific sample requirements.
VAT is unfortunately payable on routine sample analysis. The medical research VAT exempt forms only apply to purchasing products and do not apply to service analysis. This is explained in further detail here on the gov.uk website, section 4.1. If a collaboration has been established and the facility is named in the grant, then the work will be VAT exempt under the ‘passing on of funds collaborative research’, please contact us if you require further info.
A link to the zero VAT guidelines. Section 4.1 is the relevant section.
If the analysis makes a significant contribution to a publication, then we would expect the member of the facility that carried out the majority of the analysis to be included as an author.