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Low pressure electrospray ionization system and process for effective transmission of ions

United States Patent

8,173,960
May 8, 2012
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Systems and methods that provide up to complete transmission of ions between coupled stages with low effective ion losses. An "interfaceless" electrospray ionization system is further described that operates an electrospray at a reduced pressure such that standard electrospray sample solutions can be directly sprayed into an electrodynamic ion funnel which provides ion focusing and transmission of ions into a mass analyzer. Furthermore, chambers maintained at different pressures can allow for more optimal operating conditions for an electrospray emitter and an ion guide.
Tang; Keqi (Richland, WA), Page; Jason S (Kennewick, WA), Kelly; Ryan T (West Richland, WA), Smith; Richard D (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
12/ 468,645
May 19, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC05-76RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.