α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid

matrix substance for MALDI-MS, Ultra pure

α-CHCA, α-CCA, α-Cyano, ACCA, 4-HCCA
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matrix substance for MALDI-MS

analyte chemical class(es)

glycans, peptides, proteins


MALDI-MS: suitable


245-250 °C (lit.)
245-250 °C


methanol: 10 mg/mL, clear

cation traces

Al: ≤1 mg/kg
Ba: ≤1 mg/kg
Ca: ≤1 mg/kg
Cd: ≤1 mg/kg
Co: ≤1 mg/kg
Cr: ≤1 mg/kg
Cu: ≤1 mg/kg
Fe: ≤1 mg/kg
K: ≤1 mg/kg
Li: ≤1 mg/kg
Mg: ≤1 mg/kg
Mn: ≤1 mg/kg
Na: ≤1 mg/kg
Ni: ≤1 mg/kg
Pb: ≤1 mg/kg
Sr: ≤1 mg/kg
Zn: ≤1 mg/kg

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General description

α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (α-CHCA) functions as matrix and helps in facilitating ionization of proteins and peptides in a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer.


It was used as matrix in improving the detection of low concentration protein digests on MALDI-TOF.


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Target Organs

Respiratory system

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

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NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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Xiangping Zhu et al.
Journal of biomolecular techniques : JBT, 14(4), 298-307 (2004-01-13)
Alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (alpha-CHCA) as a matrix facilitates the ionization of proteins and peptides in a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer. The matrix itself also ionizes and so do its sodium and potassium adducts. Matrix clusters and metal...
Jeong Hee Moon et al.
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 23(1), 162-170 (2011-11-04)
Preformed ion emission is the main assumption in one of the prevailing theories for peptide and protein ion formation in matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI). Since salts are in preformed ion forms in the matrix-analyte mixture, they are ideal systems...
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