Chemical-ionisation processes in time-of-flight mass spectrometers for real-time analysis of atmospheric trace species

Robert Blake, Andrew Ellis, Kerry Willis, Christopher Whyte, Kevin Wyche, Paul Monks

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Abstract

Proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry has become increasingly prominent since the 1990s and has a wide range of applications in analytical science. Essentially the technique relies on chemical ionisation via proton transfer from H3O+ to molecules with proton affinities greater than water. Coupling chemical ionisation to time-of-flight mass spectrometers has been demonstrated [Blake et al, Anal.Chem., 76, 3841-3845, 2004] to be a powerful technique for real time multichannel detection of trace species.

In this work, we will explore the use of differing chemi-ionisation reagents, in particular NO+, which depending on the ionisation energy of the analyte will undertake charge transfer, for the ionisation of trace VOC/OVOCs. The ability for real-time speciation of a range of VOC/OVOCs using multi-chemi-ionisation reagents will be assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2005
EventEGU General Assembly 2005 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 24 Apr 200529 Apr 2005

Conference

ConferenceEGU General Assembly 2005
Abbreviated titleEGU 2005
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period24/04/0529/04/05

Keywords

  • volatile organic compound
  • proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS)
  • air quality
  • Chemical ionisation reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometry

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