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On the Time Scale of Internal Energy Relaxation of AP-MALDI and nano-ESI Ions in a Quadrupole Ion Trap

Remes, Philip M. and Glish, Gary L. (2009) On the Time Scale of Internal Energy Relaxation of AP-MALDI and nano-ESI Ions in a Quadrupole Ion Trap. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, In Press, Accepted Manuscript . - . (In Press)

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Recently reported results (Konn et al. [14]) on the collisional cooling of atmospheric pressure matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (AP-MALDI) and nano-electrospray ionization (nano-ESI) generated ions in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer (QITMS) are inconsistent with measured collisional cooling rates. The work reported here presents a re-examination of those previous results. Collision induced dissociation (CID) has been used to probe various properties of ions contained in a QITMS. It is shown experimentally that when trapping large numbers of ions, an effective dc trapping voltage is induced that varies with changes in the size of the ion cloud. A decrease in the resonant frequency for maximum CID efficiency is observed as the cool time between parent ion isolation and CID is increased. Ion trajectories in a QITMS are simulated to demonstrate how ion density changes over the course of parent ion isolation. The effect of space charge on ion motion is simulated, and Fourier transformations of ion axial motion plus simple calculations corroborate the experimentally observed transient frequency shifts. The relative stability of ions formed by AP-MALDI and nano-ESI is compared under low charge density conditions. These data show that the ions have reached equilibrium internal energy and, thus, that differences in dissociation onsets and “50% fragmentation efficiency points” between the ionization mechanisms are due to the formation of distinct ion conformations as previously shown in reference [28]. The conclusions of Konn et al. [14] are based on invalid experimental procedures as well as inappropriate comparisons of QITMS data to low-pressure FT-ICR data.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Analytical Science > Metrology and standards in nanotechnology
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:5651
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:05 Aug 2009 10:16
Last Modified:05 Aug 2009 10:16

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