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Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM

Nylon nanoweb with TiO2 nanoparticles as a solid matrix for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.


PMID 25303471

Abstract

The solid matrices used for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS) enable the analysis of small molecules by preventing fragmentations of organic matrix molecules in the low mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) range. In this work, a nylon nanoweb with TiO(2) particles was developed as a solid matrix for MALDI-TOFMS to improve the low intensities of mass peaks, narrow detection ranges and low signal-to-noise levels. The nylon nanoweb with TiO(2) particles was prepared by simultaneously electrospinning a nylon nanoweb and electrospraying TiO(2) nanoparticles measuring 25 nm in diameter to form TiO(2) spheres 300 nm in diameter. MS of multiple analytes was demonstrated in the low molecular weight range using eight amino acids. Additionally, leucine-enkephalin (555.6 g/mol) and cyclic citrullinated peptide (1668 g/mol) were used as model analytes to test the feasibility of a nylon nanoweb containing TiO(2) particles as a solid matrix for MALDI-TOFMS. The nylon nanoweb with TiO(2) particles can be applied for the detection of volatile small molecule analytes in the m/z ratio range of small molecules.