skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Serpentine Ultralong Path with Extended Routing (SUPER) High Resolution Traveling Wave Ion Mobility-MS using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations

Abstract

Ion mobility (IM) separations have a broad range of analytical applications, but insufficient resolution limits many applications. Here we report on traveling wave (TW) ion mobility (IM) separations in a Serpentine Ultra-long Path with Extended Routing (SUPER) Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM) module in conjunction with mass spectrometry (MS). The extended routing utilized multiple passes was facilitated by the introduction of a lossless ion switch at the end of the ion path that either directed ions to the MS detector or to another pass through the serpentine separation region, providing theoretically unlimited TWIM path lengths. Ions were confined in the SLIM by rf fields in conjunction with a DC guard bias, enabling essentially lossless TW transmission over greatly extended paths (e.g., ~1094 meters over 81 passes through the 13.5 m serpentine path). In this multi-pass SUPER TWIM provided resolution approximately proportional to the square root of the number of passes (or path length). More than 30-fold higher IM resolution for Agilent tuning mix m/z 622 and 922 ions (~340 vs. ~10) was achieved for 40 passes compared to commercially available drift tube IM and other TWIM-based platforms. An initial evaluation of the isomeric sugars Lacto-N-hexaose and Lacto-N-neohexaose showed themore » isomeric structures to be baseline resolved, and a new conformational feature for Lacto-N-neohexaose was revealed after 9 passes. The new SLIM SUPER high resolution TWIM platform has broad utility in conjunction with MS and is expected to enable a broad range of previously challenging or intractable separations.« less

Authors:
; ; ; ; ORCiD logo; ; ; ; ; ORCiD logo; ORCiD logo; ORCiD logo
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1361955
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-123438
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-2700; 49531; 48680; KP1601010
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Analytical Chemistry; Journal Volume: 89; Journal Issue: 8
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

Citation Formats

Deng, Liulin, Webb, Ian K., Garimella, Sandilya V. B., Hamid, Ahmed M., Zheng, Xueyun, Norheim, Randolph V., Prost, Spencer A., Anderson, Gordon A., Sandoval, Jeremy A., Baker, Erin S., Ibrahim, Yehia M., and Smith, Richard D. Serpentine Ultralong Path with Extended Routing (SUPER) High Resolution Traveling Wave Ion Mobility-MS using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.7b00185.
Deng, Liulin, Webb, Ian K., Garimella, Sandilya V. B., Hamid, Ahmed M., Zheng, Xueyun, Norheim, Randolph V., Prost, Spencer A., Anderson, Gordon A., Sandoval, Jeremy A., Baker, Erin S., Ibrahim, Yehia M., & Smith, Richard D. Serpentine Ultralong Path with Extended Routing (SUPER) High Resolution Traveling Wave Ion Mobility-MS using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations. United States. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.7b00185.
Deng, Liulin, Webb, Ian K., Garimella, Sandilya V. B., Hamid, Ahmed M., Zheng, Xueyun, Norheim, Randolph V., Prost, Spencer A., Anderson, Gordon A., Sandoval, Jeremy A., Baker, Erin S., Ibrahim, Yehia M., and Smith, Richard D. Wed . "Serpentine Ultralong Path with Extended Routing (SUPER) High Resolution Traveling Wave Ion Mobility-MS using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations". United States. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.7b00185.
@article{osti_1361955,
title = {Serpentine Ultralong Path with Extended Routing (SUPER) High Resolution Traveling Wave Ion Mobility-MS using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations},
author = {Deng, Liulin and Webb, Ian K. and Garimella, Sandilya V. B. and Hamid, Ahmed M. and Zheng, Xueyun and Norheim, Randolph V. and Prost, Spencer A. and Anderson, Gordon A. and Sandoval, Jeremy A. and Baker, Erin S. and Ibrahim, Yehia M. and Smith, Richard D.},
abstractNote = {Ion mobility (IM) separations have a broad range of analytical applications, but insufficient resolution limits many applications. Here we report on traveling wave (TW) ion mobility (IM) separations in a Serpentine Ultra-long Path with Extended Routing (SUPER) Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM) module in conjunction with mass spectrometry (MS). The extended routing utilized multiple passes was facilitated by the introduction of a lossless ion switch at the end of the ion path that either directed ions to the MS detector or to another pass through the serpentine separation region, providing theoretically unlimited TWIM path lengths. Ions were confined in the SLIM by rf fields in conjunction with a DC guard bias, enabling essentially lossless TW transmission over greatly extended paths (e.g., ~1094 meters over 81 passes through the 13.5 m serpentine path). In this multi-pass SUPER TWIM provided resolution approximately proportional to the square root of the number of passes (or path length). More than 30-fold higher IM resolution for Agilent tuning mix m/z 622 and 922 ions (~340 vs. ~10) was achieved for 40 passes compared to commercially available drift tube IM and other TWIM-based platforms. An initial evaluation of the isomeric sugars Lacto-N-hexaose and Lacto-N-neohexaose showed the isomeric structures to be baseline resolved, and a new conformational feature for Lacto-N-neohexaose was revealed after 9 passes. The new SLIM SUPER high resolution TWIM platform has broad utility in conjunction with MS and is expected to enable a broad range of previously challenging or intractable separations.},
doi = {10.1021/acs.analchem.7b00185},
journal = {Analytical Chemistry},
number = 8,
volume = 89,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 05 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Wed Apr 05 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}
  • We report the development and initial evaluation of a 13-m path length Structures for Lossless Manipulations (SLIM) module for achieving high resolution separations using traveling waves (TW) with ion mobility (IM) spectrometry. The TW SLIM module was fabricated using two mirror-image printed circuit boards with appropriately configured RF, DC and TW electrodes and positioned with a 2.75-mm inter-surface gap. Ions were effective confined between the surfaces by RF-generated pseudopotential fields and moved losslessly through a serpentine path including 44 “U” turns using TWs. The ion mobility resolution was characterized at different pressures, gaps between the SLIM surfaces, TW and RFmore » parameters. After initial optimization the SLIM IM-MS module provided about 5-fold higher resolution separations than present commercially available drift tube or traveling wave IM-MS platforms. Peak capacity and peak generation rates achieved were 246 and 370 s-1, respectively, at a TW speed of 148 m/s. The high resolution achieved in the TW SLIM IM-MS enabled e.g., isomeric sugars (Lacto-N-fucopentaose I and Lacto-N-fucopentaose II) to be baseline resolved, and peptides from a albumin tryptic digest much better resolved than with existing commercial IM-MS platforms. The present work also provides a foundation for the development of much higher resolution SLIM devices based upon both considerably longer path lengths and multi-pass designs.« less
  • We report on ion mobility separations (IMS) achievable using traveling waves in a Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (TW-SLIM) module having a 44-cm path length and sixteen 90º turns. The performance of the TW-SLIM module was evaluated for ion transmission, and ion mobility separations with different RF, TW parameters and SLIM surface gaps in conjunction with mass spectrometry. In this work TWs were created by the transient and dynamic application of DC potentials. The TW-SLIM module demonstrated highly robust performance and the ion mobility resolution achieved even with sixteen close spaced turns was comparable to a similar straight path TW-SLIMmore » module. We found an ion mobility peak capacity of ~ 31 and peak generation rate of 780 s-1 for TW speeds of <210 m/s using the current multi-turn TW-SLIM module. The separations achieved for isomers of peptides and tetrasaccharides were found to be comparable to those from a ~ 0.9-m drift tube-based IMS-MS platform operated at the same pressure (4 torr). The combined attributes of flexible design, low voltage requirements and lossless ion transmission through multiple turns for the present TW-SLIM module provides a basis for SLIM devices capable of achieving much greater ion mobility resolutions via greatly extended ion path lengths and compact serpentine designs that do not significantly impact the instrumentation profile, a direction described in a companion manuscript.« less
  • In this work, we report an approach for spatial and temporal gas phase ion population manipulation, and demonstrate its application for the collapse of the ion distributions in ion mobility (IM) separations into tighter packets providing higher sensitivity measurements in conjunction with mass spectrometry (MS). We do this for ions moving from a conventionally traveling wave (TW)-driven region to a region where the TW is intermittently halted or ‘stuttered’. This approach causes the ion packets spanning a number of TW-created traveling traps (TT) to be redistributed into fewer TT, resulting in spatial compression. The degree of spatial compression is controllablemore » and determined by the ratio of stationary time of the TW in the second region to its moving time. This compression ratio ion mobility programming (CRIMP) approach has been implemented using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM) in conjunction with MS. CRIMP with the SLIM-MS platform is shown to provide increased peak intensities, reduced peak widths, and improved S/N ratios with MS detection. CRIMP also provides a foundation for extremely long path length and multi-pass IM separations in SLIM providing greatly enhanced IM resolution by reducing the detrimental effects of diffusional peak broadening due to increasing peak widths.« less
  • We report on the implementation of a traveling wave (TW) based compression ratio ion mobility programming (CRIMP) approach within Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM) that enables both greatly enlarged trapped ion charge capacities and also their subsequent efficient compression for use in ion mobility (IM) separations. Ion accumulation is conducted in a long serpentine path TW SLIM region after which CRIMP allows the large ion populations to be ‘squeezed’. The compression process occurs at an interface between two SLIM regions, one operating conventionally and the second having an intermittently pausing or ‘stuttering’ TW, allowing the contents of multiple binsmore » of ions from the first region to be merged into a single bin in the second region. In this initial work stationary voltages in the second region were used to block ions from exiting the first (trapping) region, and the resumption of TWs in the second region allows ions to exit, and the population to also be compressed if CRIMP is applied. In our initial evaluation we show that the number of charges trapped for a 40 s accumulation period was ~5×109, more than two orders of magnitude greater than the previously reported charge capacity using an ion funnel trap. We also show that over 1×109 ions can be accumulated with high efficiency in the present device, and that the extent of subsequent compression is only limited by the space charge capacity of the trapping region. Lower compression ratios allow increased IM peak heights without significant loss of signal, while excessively large compression ratios can lead to ion losses and other artifacts. Importantly, we show that extended ion accumulation in conjunction with CRIMP and multiple passes provides the basis for a highly desirable combination of ultra-high sensitivity and ultra-high resolution IM separations using SLIM.« less
  • We report on the development and characterization of a new traveling wave-based Structure for Lossless Ion Manipulations (TW-SLIM) for ion mobility separations (IMS). The TW-SLIM module uses parallel arrays of rf electrodes on two closely spaced surfaces for ion confinement, where the rf electrodes are separated by arrays of short electrodes, and using these TWs can be created to drive ion motion. In this initial work, TWs are created by the dynamic application of dc potentials. The capabilities of the TW-SLIM module for efficient ion confinement, lossless ion transport, and ion mobility separations at different rf and TW parameters aremore » reported. The TW-SLIM module is shown to transmit a wide mass range of ions (m/z 200–2500) utilizing a confining rf waveform (~1 MHz and ~300 V p-p) and low TW amplitudes (<20 V). Additionally, the short TW-SLIM module achieved resolutions comparable to existing commercially available low pressure IMS platforms and an ion mobility peak capacity of ~32 for TW speeds of <210 m/s. TW-SLIM performance was characterized over a wide range of rf and TW parameters and demonstrated robust performance. In conclusion, the combined attributes of the flexible design and low voltage requirements for the TW-SLIM module provide a basis for devices capable of much higher resolution and more complex ion manipulations.« less