An ambient desorption/ionization (ADI) source, known as the flowing atmospheric pressure afterglow (FAPA), has been coupled to a Mattauch-Herzog mass spectrograph (MHMS) equipped with a focal plane camera (FPC) array detector. The FAPA ionization source enables direct mass spectral analysis of solids, liquids, and gases through either positive or negative ionization modes. In either case, spectra are generally simple with dominant peaks being the molecular ions or protonated molecular ions. Use of the FAPA source with the MHMS allows the FPC detector to be characterized for the determination of molecular species, whereas previously only atomic mass spectrometry (MS) has been demonstrated. Furthermore, the FPC is shown to be sensitive to negative ions without the need to change any detector parameters. The analysis of solid, liquid, and gaseous samples through positive and negative ionization is demonstrated with detection limits (1-25 fmol/s, ∼0.3-10 pg of analyte per mL of helium) surpassing those obtained with the FAPA source coupled to a time-of-flight mass analyzer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry|
|State||Published - Jan 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology