Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry

Contact and sample submission

If you have any questions about the Mass Spectrometry Facility or would like more information about the analyses on offer please contact the Facility via email at

Please note that by submitting samples to the MS Facility for analysis you agree to our conditions of service and publications policy. A copy of which can be found here.

Sample submission for external users

Before submitting a sample for analysis, please read the MS service pages thoroughly for information on sample preparation.

If you wish to send a sample to the Facility for analysis, please contact us via email at to arrange delivery and find out the cost of analysis.

You should download and complete the appropriate sample submission form from the MS service pages and generate a purchase order (PO) number via your finance/purchasing office.

A copy of the sample submission form and a copy of the purchase order sheet should be sent along with your sample (please note that results of analysis will not be made available until the purchase order sheet has been received).

Results for molecular weight analysis and de novo sequencing are usually available and emailed to you within five working days of receipt depending on demand and provided all instruments are fully operational.

Samples should be addressed as follows:

Postal Address (for samples stable at ambient temperature):
Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, 
Astbury Building, Faculty of Biological Sciences, 
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Samples shipped at 4 °C or -20 °C should be addressed to our Goods Inward:
Faculty of Biological Sciences – Goods Inward
5.34 Roger Stevens Building
TV Courtyard
Willow Terrace
University of Leeds

Please contact the MS facility prior to shipment to ensure that someone is available to collect the package from stores.

All couriered parcel should be sent next day delivery. Please do not send parcels by same day delivery as we cannot accept anything after 4pm.

Similarly please do not dispatch on Fridays as packages cannot be accepted over the weekend.

Samples on ice should be sent by courier (TNT, UPS etc.) and not Royal Mail. All Royal Mail packages are delivered to the central mail room which causes a delay in samples getting to us.

Conditions of service

Samples that are submitted to the service for routine analyses such as molecular weight determination or protein identification may not require co-authorship on any subsequent publication.  However, we would be grateful for acknowledgement of the “University of Leeds Mass Spectrometry Facility”.

Work carried out by the facility that requires extensive method development time, de novo peptide sequencing, in depth data analysis, or which requires critical input and substantial intellectual contribution that contributes greatly to a piece of research that is subsequently published in the literature requires co-authorship of the person who carried out the work. Acknowledgment of the financial sources that contributed to the purchase of the equipment is also required.

Agreement as to whether or not a piece of work requires co-authorship should be discussed prior to any work being carried out, however the open-ended nature of most research projects may mean that discussions take place after some work has already been performed. Submission of samples to the facility indicates agreement with these terms.

Please also read the ABRF Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts.

Please note: we are happy to provide high quality figures of mass spectra for theses and for publication but unfortunately we are unable to provide raw data files.