MACE - Mass Spectra for Chemical Ecology
An open access data repository of EI-MS spectra useful for Chemical Ecology
Mass spectral libraries of EI-mass spectra are an important tool in the identification and structure elucidation of natural products by GC/MS, a typical task in Chemical
Ecology. Unfortunately, spectra of new compounds are usually only available as figures even in recent publications, making it tedious to keep track of them and difficult to
integrate them into user libraries. We therefore decided to start to publish here downloadable high quality spectra not found in common databases as a collection in a simple
format that can be integrated into local spectral databases. This is the MACE database.
The spectra originate mostly from original publications, referenced in each entry. The spectra are from compounds that have been synthesized or isolated, or whose structure
has been clearly established by other methods. The focus is on compounds not already published in widespread commercial databases such as NIST 17 at the time of
publication. MACE is therefore an add-on database of high quality EI-mass spectra. MACE is designed as an community effort with open access. The
Compound List will be continuously extended, with spectra submitted by other groups. We have started with compounds from
our own group, but further additions are very welcome. Submitted spectra will be checked for quality and added to MACE.
The spectra in MACE were obtained by GC/MS instruments in EI-mode at 70 eV. Spectra are provided as simple text files, using the NIST .msp data format, readily importable
into mass spectral databases via the NIST MS Search program. Additional information is implemented using predefined fields and special tags incorporated into the Comments
field of the spectra. The spectra can also be imported into other systems than NIST. They can be freely distributed for non-commercial use according to the creative commons
license given below. If a spectrum is used in a publication, reference to the original publication, listed in the spectrum entry via the doi number, must be made. The
complete MACE library text file can be downloaded from the research data repository of TU Braunschweig, thus ensuring long-term data storage. The MACE collection will be
updated from time to time, using release numbers.
The focus of the spectra is on compounds useful in Chemical Ecology and related fields, such as pheromones, defense compounds, plant volatiles, microbial volatiles, non-polar
lipids and others. We are aware of public mass spectral repositories such as Massbank or
GNPS and others. Cooperation with these repositories is planned. Nevertheless, users may
find a dedicated library useful. Furthermore, we try to implement ease of use and simple data structure to keep entry barriers low, also ensuring simple maintenance of the
The mass spectral data and more information can be found at the data repository site: mace_r3
MACE can be reached via Email: email@example.com
There is a twitter account on which news will be released.
onclick="vgwPixelCall();Contribute to MACE: Guide for the contribution of spectra to MACE and the .mace-format.
Integrate MACE: into MSSearch: Import MACE into MSSearch.
Sample file for data submissons.
A Description of MACE.
Stefan Schulz, Anton Möllerke
Creative Commons - The MACE database and files are licensed under rights according to the following link.
Last modified: 2022/08/03.