What Can We Learn from Ambient Ionization Techniques?

Huanwen Chen, Gerardo Gamez, Renato Zenobi

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Ambient mass spectrometry-mass spectrometric analysis with no or minimal effort for sample preparation-has experienced a very rapid development during the last 5 years, with many different methods now available for ionization. Here, we review its range of applications, the hurdles encountered for its quantitative use, and the proposed mechanisms for ion formation. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into investigation of matrix effects, into defining representative sampling of heterogeneous materials, and into understanding and controlling the underlying ionization mechanisms. Finally, we propose a concept to reduce the number of different acronyms describing very similar embodiments of ambient mass spectrometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1947-1963
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009


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