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Method and apparatus for multispray emitter for mass spectrometry

United States Patent Application

*** PATENT GRANTED ***
20030168591
6,831,274
A1
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A method and apparatus that utilizes two or more emitters simultaneously to form an electrospray of a sample that is then directed into a mass spectrometer, thereby increasing the total ion current introduced into an electrospray ionization mass spectrometer, given a liquid flow rate of a sample. The method and apparatus are most conveniently constructed as an array of spray emitters fabricated on a single chip, however, the present invention encompasses any apparatus wherein two or more emitters are simultaneously utilized to form an electrospray of a sample that is then directed into a mass spectrometer.
Smith, Richard D. (Richland, WA), Tang, Keqi (Richland, WA), Lin, Yuehe (Richland, WA)
10/ 091,833
March 5, 2002
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0676RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.