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Experimental Strategies for Avoiding Saturation Effects in ESI-MS

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submitted on 15.07.2019 and posted on 16.07.2019 by Alan Wei, Anuj Joshi, Yuxuan Chen, J Scott McIndoe

All instruments with detectors are prone to saturation effects at high concentration, and mass spectrometers are no exception. The very high sensitivity of mass spectrometry makes the onset of saturation occur at lower concentrations than other methods, and in cases where the analyte of interest is very reactive, concentrations at which saturation can be problematic may be necessary in order to ensure decomposition is mitigated. Indications that saturation is occurring are provided, and some data processing strategies are outlined, followed by a range of detuning strategies that may be employed to reduce saturation effects in the context of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), including lowering voltages on detector or capillary, increasing cone gas flow rates, or adjusting the probe position. A combination of strategies generally allows researchers to make the best possible compromises when studying compounds at relatively high concentration.

Funding

NSERC and NOVA Chemicals Strategic Project Grant # 478998-15

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

mcindoe@uvic.ca

Institution

University of Victoria

Country

Canada

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0001-7073-5246

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Work partially funded by NOVA Chemicals

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