A system and method of preparing a target surface with an analyte sample is provided. A target preparation device includes a housing having a cavity. A target is positioned in the cavity of the housing. An exemplary method includes introducing an analyte solution into the cavity of the housing such that the analyte solution is in contact with the target surface and delivering a drying gas into the cavity to evaporate the solvent of the analyte solution and to deposit the analyte onto the target surface.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS
 This invention was made with government support under910466 awarded by the National Science Foundation and DE-SC0008197 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.