GC-MS technology is commonly used for flavor and fragrance analyses, and searching a library of GC-MS spectra is convenient for identifying unknown components. However, similarities in the mass spectra of some fragrant compounds makes identification challenging. Performing analysis using Shimadzu GC-MS enables obtaining mass spectra with similarities close to those registered in the library. The FFNSC 4 library contains retention indexes using three types of columns as well as mass spectra. Shimadzu’s GCMSsolution library search, utilizing the retention index, provides highly accurate identification results and makes it ideally suited for flavor and fragrance analysis.


Register Compounds 4,030 flavor and fragrances compounds
Registered Retention Indexes Non-polar column (SLB®-5ms)
Highly-polar column (SUPELCOWAX® 10)
Non-polar column (Equity®-1)
Registered Information Mass spectrum, Retention index for each column, CAS number, compound name, molecular weight, compositional formula
Applicable models GCMS-QP series and GCMS TQ series (single-quad mode only; does not include MS/MS spectra)

Filtering with Retention Index

Since flavor and fragrance components sometimes contain compounds having similar chemical structures, multiple compounds with similar mass spectra are listed as candidates when performing a library search using only the mass spectrum. Filtering with the retention index sorts the candidates by retention index, thereby providing highly accurate identification results.

More Information about Linear Retention Indices 

Multi-Column Compatible

All of the column retention indexes can be confirmed at the same time, which assists in close investigation of identification results.

Various System Configurations

Through a choice of modules, detectors, components and accessories, dedicated application-specific GC-MS solutions are adjusted to the goal of a certain analytical task. Users can be sure to contribute to consumers and patients as well as environmental protection.



References / Scientific Publications

  1. Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activity of Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea L.) Dry Extracts
    Olga Kosakowska, Katarzyna Baczek, Jarosław L. Przybył, Ewelina Pióro-Ja- brucka, Weronika Czupa, Alicja Synowiec, Małgorzata Gniewosz, Rosaria Costa, Luigi Mondello, Zenon Weglarz
    Molecules 23 (2018) 1767. ISSN: 1420-3049. (July 2018, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland).
  2. In-depth qualitative analysis of lime essential oils by using the off-line combination of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-quadrupole mass spectrometry
    Mariosimone Zoccali, Barbara Giocastro, Ivana L. Bonaccorsi, Alessandra Trozzi, Peter Q. Tranchida, Luigi Mondello
    Foods 8 (2019) 580. ISSN 2304-8158. (November 2019, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland).
  3. Chemical characterization of three accessions of Brassica juncea L. extracts from different plant tissues
    Yassine Oulad El Majdoub, Filippo Alibrando, Francesco Cacciola, Katia Arena, Eleonora Pagnotta, Roberto Matteo, Giuseppe Micalizzi, Laura Dugo, Paola Dugo, Luigi Mondello
    Molecules 25 (2020) 5421. ISSN 1420-3049 (November 2020, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland).
  4. Phytochemical Investigation and Antioxidant Activity of Globularia alypum L.
    Fadoua Asraoui, Ayoub Kounnoun, Hafssa El Cadi, Francesco Cacciola, Yassine Oulad El Majdoub, Filippo Alibrando, Filippo Mandolfino, Paola Dugo, Luigi Mondello, Adnane Louajri
    Molecules 26 (2021) 759. ISSN 1420-3049 (February 2021, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland).
  5. Influence of Citrus Flavor Addition in Brewing Process: Characterization of the Volatile and Non-Volatile Profile to Prevent Frauds and Adulterations
    Emanuela Trovato, Adriana Arigò, Federica Vento, Giuseppe Micalizzi, Paola Dugo, Luigi Mondello
    Separations 8 (2021) 18. ISSN 1420-3049 (February 2021, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland).
  6. Elucidation of antioxidant compounds in Moroccan Chamaerops humilis L. fruits by GC-MS and HPLC-MS techniques
    Hafssa El Cadi, Hajar El Bouzidi, Ginane Selama, Btissam Ramdan, Yassine Oulad El Majdoub, Filippo Alibrando, Katia Arena, Miguel Palma Lovillo, Jamal Brigui, Luigi Mondello, Francesco Cacciola, Tania M. G. Salerno
    Molecules 16 (2021) 2710. ISSN 1420-3049 (May 2021, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland).
  7. Phytochemical profile, antioxidant capacity, α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory potential of wild Moroccan Inula viscosa (L.) Aiton leaves
    Fadoua Asraoui, Ayoub Kounnoun, Francesco Cacciola, Fouad El Mansouri, Imad Kabach, Yassine Oulad El Majdoub, Filippo Alibrando, Katia Arena, Emanuela Trovato, Luigi Mondello, Adnane Louajri
    Molecules 26 (2021) 3134. ISSN 1420-3049 (May 2021, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland).

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