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Interfacing a polymer-based micromachined device to a nanoelectrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer.

Authors
  • Meng, Z
  • Qi, S
  • Soper, S A
  • Limbach, P A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Analytical chemistry
Publication Date
Mar 15, 2001
Volume
73
Issue
6
Pages
1286–1291
Identifiers
PMID: 11305664
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Here we report the design, fabrication, and operation of a polymer-based microchip device interfaced to a nanoelectrospray ionization source and a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer. The poly(methyl methacrylate) micromachined device was fabricated using X-ray lithography to produce a network of channels with high aspect ratios. Fabrication of high aspect ratio channels allows for zero dead volume interfaces between the microchip platform and the nanoelectrospray capillary interface. The performance of this device was evaluated with standard peptide and protein samples. High-quality mass spectral data from peptide and proteins (and mixtures thereof) were obtained without any interfering chemical noise from the polymer or the developers and plasticizers used in the fabrication process. Sample cross-contamination is not a problem using this polymer-based microchip device as demonstrated by the sequential analysis of several proteins. The nanoelectrospray source was operated at flow rates from 20 to 100 nL/min using pressure-driven flow, and uninterrupted operation for several hours is demonstrated without any noticeable signal degradation. The ability to fabricate multiple devices using injection molding or hot-embossing techniques of polymers provides a lower cost alternative to silica-based devices currently utilized with mass spectrometry.

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