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Title: Tile-Based Fisher Ratio Analysis of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (GC × GC – TOFMS) Data using a Null Distribution Approach

Multi-dimensional chromatographic instrumentation produces information-rich, and chemically complex data containing meaningful chemical signals and/or chemical patterns. Two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC × GC – TOFMS) is a prominent instrumental platform that has been applied extensively for discovery-based experimentation, where samples are sufficiently volatile or amenable to derivatization. Use of GC × GC – TOFMS and associated data analysis strategies aim to uncover meaningful chemical signals or chemical patterns. However, for complex samples, meaningful chemical information is often buried in a background of less meaningful chemical signal and noise. In this report, we utilize the tile-based F-ratio software in concert with the standard addition method by spiking non-native chemicals into a diesel fuel matrix at low concentrations. While the previous work studied the concentration range of 100-1000 ppm, the current study focuses on the 0 ppm to 100 ppm analyte spike range. This study demonstrates the sensitivity and selectivity of the tile-based F-ratio software for discovery of true positives in the non-targeted analysis of a chemically complex and analytically challenging sample matrix. By exploring the low concentration spike levels, we gain a better understanding of the limit of detection (LOD) of the tile-based F-ratio software with GCmore » × GC – TOFMS data.« less
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Journal Name: Analytical Chemistry, 87(7):3812-3819
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States