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Surface sampling concentration and reaction probe

United States Patent

July 16, 2013
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A method of analyzing a chemical composition of a specimen is described. The method can include providing a probe comprising an outer capillary tube and an inner capillary tube disposed co-axially within the outer capillary tube, where the inner and outer capillary tubes define a solvent capillary and a sampling capillary in fluid communication with one another at a distal end of the probe; contacting a target site on a surface of a specimen with a solvent in fluid communication with the probe; maintaining a plug volume proximate a solvent-specimen interface, wherein the plug volume is in fluid communication with the probe; draining plug sampling fluid from the plug volume through the sampling capillary; and analyzing a chemical composition of the plug sampling fluid with an analytical instrument. A system for performing the method is also described.
Van Berkel; Gary J. (Clinton, TN), Elnaggar; Mariam S. (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 894,872
September 30, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.