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Solid Sampling with a Diode Laser for Portable Ambient Mass Spectrometry

Solid Sampling with a Diode Laser for Portable Ambient Mass Spectrometry
Yeni P. Yung, Luke Hanley, Igor V. Veryovkin, Anu Vaikkinen, Raveendra Wickramasinghe, Tiina J. Kauppila
A hand-held diode laser is implemented for solid sampling in portable ambient mass spectrometry (MS). Specifically, a pseudocontinuous wave battery-powered surgical laser diode is employed for portable laser diode thermal desorption (LDTD) at 940 nm and compared with nanosecond pulsed laser ablation at 2940 nm. Postionization is achieved in both cases using atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI). The laser ablation atmospheric pressure photoionization (LAAPPI) and LDTD-APPI mass spectra of sage leaves (Salvia officinalis) using a field-deployable quadrupole ion trap MS display many similar ion peaks, as do the mass spectra of membrane grown biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These results indicate that LDTD-APPI method should be useful for in-field sampling of plant and microbial communities, for example, by portable ambient MS. The feasibility of many portable MS applications is facilitated by the availability of relatively low cost, portable, battery-powered diode lasers. LDTD could also be coupled with plasma- or electrospray-based ionization for the analysis of a variety of solid samples.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01745

DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01745

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