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International journal of molecular sciences

Continuous flow atmospheric pressure laser desorption/ionization using a 6-7-µm-band mid-infrared tunable laser for biomolecular mass spectrometry.


PMID 24937686

Abstract

A continuous flow atmospheric pressure laser desorption/ionization technique using a porous stainless steel probe and a 6-7-µm-band mid-infrared tunable laser was developed. This ion source is capable of direct ionization from a continuous flow with a high temporal stability. The 6-7-µm wavelength region corresponds to the characteristic absorption bands of various molecular vibration modes, including O-H, C=O, CH3 and C-N bonds. Consequently, many organic compounds and solvents, including water, have characteristic absorption peaks in this region. This ion source requires no additional matrix, and utilizes water or acetonitrile as the solvent matrix at several absorption peak wavelengths (6.05 and 7.27 µm, respectively). The distribution of multiply-charged peptide ions is extremely sensitive to the temperature of the heated capillary, which is the inlet of the mass spectrometer. This ionization technique has potential for the interface of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS).

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