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On the Road Again: Part 2 – Filling the Analytical Gaps


Following our excursion to Eastbourne, we packed up the SIFT-MS and headed North to a customers site for a couple of days of hands-on instrument demonstrations.

After delivering a Lunch & Learn seminar covering the basics of SIFT-MS, we moved to the lab and set the following challenge – bring along some samples and we will attempt to analyse them for you.

Amongst the samples that were brought to the lab, including long-chain alcohols and cyclic siloxanes, the following interesting example turned up – an additive compound was imparting a taint upon aging, which could not be identified by GC-MS.  Could SIFT-MS work out what it was?

The first thing I did was to run a series of full mass scans, using the reagent ions available, to see what indicative product ions were being produced.  The two mass spectra below clearly show a peak at 47 Da with H3O+ and 45 Da with O2+.  According to the LabSyft library, these could be attributed to either ethanol or formic acid.  By comparing the ratio of the 45 Da and 46 Da peaks in the O2+ spectrum, the results suggested formic acid was the culprit.

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Once the contaminant compound was identified, it was a straightforward exercise to run a quantitative analysis of formic acid on the samples and to demonstrate the elevated levels in the aged sample.  This result can be seen below.

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For me, apart from the speed and ease with which this analysis was carried out, the fact that formic acid eluded detection by standard GC-MS methods, but was readily detectable by SIFT-MS, shows how these difficult, small polar compounds become straightforward analytes when the right technique is used.

If  you would like further information about how SIFT-MS can help to fill the gaps in your analytical space, either call us on 01223 279210, or email us now.



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