Negative electrospray ionization on porous supporting tips for mass spectrometric analysis : Electrostatic charging effect on detection sensitivity and its application to explosive detection

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Melody Yee-Man Wong
  • Sin-Heng Man
  • Chi-Ming Che
  • Kai-Chung Lau
  • Kwan-Ming Ng

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1482-1491
Journal / PublicationAnalyst
Volume139
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2014

Abstract

The simplicity and easy manipulation of a porous substrate-based ESI-MS technique have been widely applied to the direct analysis of different types of samples in positive ion mode. However, the study and application of this technique in negative ion mode are sparse. A key challenge could be due to the ease of electrical discharge on supporting tips upon the application of negative voltage. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of supporting materials, including polyester, polyethylene and wood, on the detection sensitivity of a porous substrate-based negative ESI-MS technique. By using nitrobenzene derivatives and nitrophenol derivatives as the target analytes, it was found that the hydrophobic materials (i.e., polyethylene and polyester) with a higher tendency to accumulate negative charge could enhance the detection sensitivity towards nitrobenzene derivatives via electron-capture ionization; whereas, compounds with electron affinities lower than the cut-off value (1.13 eV) were not detected. Nitrophenol derivatives with pKa smaller than 9.0 could be detected in the form of deprotonated ions; whereas polar materials (i.e., wood), which might undergo competitive deprotonation with the analytes, could suppress the detection sensitivity. With the investigation of the material effects on the detection sensitivity, the porous substrate-based negative ESI-MS method was developed and applied to the direct detection of two commonly encountered explosives in complex samples. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Citation Format(s)

Negative electrospray ionization on porous supporting tips for mass spectrometric analysis : Electrostatic charging effect on detection sensitivity and its application to explosive detection. / Wong, Melody Yee-Man; Man, Sin-Heng; Che, Chi-Ming; Lau, Kai-Chung; Ng, Kwan-Ming.

In: Analyst, Vol. 139, No. 6, 21.03.2014, p. 1482-1491.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal