A conductive polymeric material used for nanospray needle and low-flow sheathless electrospray ionization applications
2002 (English)In: Analytical Chemistry, ISSN 0003-2700, E-ISSN 1520-6882, Vol. 74, no 1, 239-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A conductive polypropylene/graphite mixture is used for the production of polymeric nanospray needle emitters and as a coating on fused-silica capillaries that are used for sheathless electrospray ionization (ESI). The described production of these polymeric nanospray needle emitters and sheathless ESI contacts is exceptionally easy and at a very low cost. The described polymeric nanospray emitters have shown excellent features regarding their chemical inertness and spray performance. The long-term stability of the nanospray needles exceeds 24 h of continuous use. Furthermore, the resistance to electrical discharges, which is one of the factors that often limits the lifetime of metal coated tips, has proven to be outstanding. A voltage of up to 5 kV could be applied without loss of spray performance. The use of polypropylene emitters offers a number of desirable features, as compared to silica based emitters. Among these features are mechanical flexibility and simplified regeneration of the nanospray needle. Continuous nanospray of peptides and proteins in conjunction with orthogonal time-of-flight mass spectrometry are shown with signal relative standard deviations of 5%. In addition, the polypropylene/graphite mixture has also been applied as the conductive contact for sheathless ESI in fast capillary electrophoresis separations.
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2002. Vol. 74, no 1, 239-245 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-91885DOI: 10.1021/ac010748fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-91885DiVA: diva2:164754