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Multivariate selectivity as a metric for evaluating comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry subjected to chemometric peak deconvolution.

Authors
  • Sinha, Amanda E
  • Hope, Janiece L
  • Prazen, Bryan J
  • Fraga, Carlos G
  • Nilsson, Erik J
  • Synovec, Robert E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Chromatography A
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Nov 12, 2004
Volume
1056
Issue
1-2
Pages
145–154
Identifiers
PMID: 15595544
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC x GC) coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) [GC x GC-TOFMS)] is a highly selective technique well suited to analyzing complex mixtures. The data generated is information-rich, making it applicable to multivariate quantitative analysis and pattern recognition. One separation on a GC x GC-TOFMS provides retention times on two chromatographic columns and a complete mass spectrum for each component within the mixture. In this report, we demonstrate how GC x GC-TOFMS combined with trilinear chemometric techniques, specifically parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) initiated by trilinear decomposition (TLD), results in a powerful analytical methodology for multivariate deconvolution. Using PARAFAC, partially resolved components in complex mixtures can be deconvoluted and identified without requiring a standard data set, signal shape assumptions or any fully selective mass signals. A set of four isomers (iso-butyl, sec-butyl, tert-butyl, and n-butyl benzenes) is used to investigate the practical limitations of PARAFAC for the deconvolution of isomers at varying degrees of chromatographic resolution and mass spectral selectivity. In this report, multivariate selectivity was tested as a metric for evaluating GC x GC-TOFMS data that is subjected to PARAFAC peak deconvolution. It was found that deconvolution results were best with multivariate selectivities over 0.18. Furthermore, the application of GC x GC-TOFMS followed by TLD/PARAFAC is demonstrated for a plant metabolite sample. A region of GC x GC-TOFMS data from a complex natural sample of a derivatized metabolic plant extract from Huilmo (Sisyrinchium striatum) was analyzed using TLD/PARAFAC, demonstrating the utility of this analytical technique on a natural sample containing overlapped analytes without selective ions or peak shape assumptions.

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