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Title: Improving the Sensitivity of Mass Spectrometry by Using a New Sheath Flow Electrospray Emitter Array at Subambient Pressures

Arrays of chemically etched emitters with individualized sheath gas capillaries have been developed to enhance electrospray ionization (ESI) at subambient pressures. By including an emitter array in a subambient pressure ionization with nanoelectrospray (SPIN) source, ionization and transmission efficiency can be maximized allowing for increased sensitivity in mass spectrometric analyses. The SPIN source eliminates the major ion losses at conventional ESI-mass spectrometry (MS) interface by placing the emitter in the first vacuum region of the instrument. To facilitate stable electrospray currents in such conditions we have developed an improved emitter array with individualized sheath gas around each emitter. The utility of the new emitter arrays for generating stable multi-electrosprays at subambient pressures was probed by coupling the emitter array/SPIN source with a time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer. The instrument sensitivity was compared between single emitter/SPIN-MS and multi-emitter/SPIN-MS configurations using an equimolar solution of 9 peptides. An increase in sensitivity correlative to the number of emitters in the array was observed.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Biological Sciences Division
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1044-0305; 48135; 47301; 400412000
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830; 1R33CA155252; RR18522; 8 P41 GM103493-10; AC05-76RLO01830
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 25; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 1044-0305
American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; High sensitivity MS; Subambient pressure; ESI emitter array; Nano-ESI; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
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