Advanced ASSET Technology Centre

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State-of-the-art scientific platforms to facilitate increasingly rapid and powerful identification of feed and food contamination.

In partnership with

Queens University Belfast | CIEL

Assured, Safe and Traceable

The Advanced ASSET Technology Centre is a linchpin of the Insitute for Global Food Security (IGFS), Queen’s University Belfast. In July 2020 it was listed as a ‘Centre of Expertise’ by the Food Authenticity Network – a Defra initiative. ASSET provides leading platforms to facilitate increasingly rapid identification of feed and food contamination and adulteration.

The mass spectrometry element features a range of hyphenated MS instruments. Various LC-MS/MS and GC-MS are available for tailored measurements of predetermined analytes such as toxins, pesticides or targeted metabolomics. Also available are high resolution accurate mass instruments (QTof) coupled to UPLC for non-targeted metabolomic analysis or equipped with an Ambient ionisation source such as REIMS, DESI or DART.

Equipment includes:

  • Mass spectometry REIMS research system, incorporating ‘iKnife’
  • DART (Direct Analysis in Real Time) ionisation couple to single quadrupole detector
  • UPLC-QTof with associated processing software workflow suite
  • Spectroscopy instrumentation
    • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra-red)
  • NIR (Near Infrared) in benchtop and portable format
  • Raman


Promoting global food integrity and enhancing the sustainability and global marketability of UK agrifood products.

Supporting the Grand Challenges facing livestock food production:

Food Safety, Quality and Integrity

ASSET Laboratory