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Title: On the Ionization and Ion Transmission Efficiencies of Different ESI-MS Interfaces

It is well known that the achievable sensitivity of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) is largely determined by the ionization efficiency in the ESI source and ion transmission efficiency through the ESI-MS interface. In this report we systematically study the ion transmission and ionization efficiencies in different ESI-MS interface configurations. The configurations under investigation include a single emitter/single inlet capillary, single emitter/multi-inlet capillary, and a subambient pressure ionization with nanoelectrospray (SPIN) MS interfaces with a single emitter and an emitter array, respectively. We present an effective method to evaluate the overall ion utilization efficiency of an ESI-MS interface by measuring the total gas phase ion current transmitted through the interface and correlating it to the observed ion abundance measured in the corresponding mass spectrum. Our experimental results suggest that the overall ion utilization efficiency in the SPIN-MS interface configurations is better than that in the inlet capillary based ESI-MS interface configurations.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Biological Sciences Division
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1044-0305; 47301; 48135; 47418; 400412000
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830; AC05-76RLO01830; 1R33CA155252; GM103493-12
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 1; 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; National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Electrospray ionization; Nanoelectrospray; Ion transmission; Ionization efficiency; ESI emitter array; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory