Chengsen Zhang

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The online coupling of capillary electrophoresis with ambient direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DART-MS) was realized by a coaxial tip interface. The analytes eluted from capillary electrophoresis (CE) were directly ionized by the metastable helium flux produced by DART and transferred into MS for the detection, with which the online(More)
We describe complexation reactions of insulin and other proteins with metal ions generated from the substrate surface by laser irradiation in laser desorption spray post-ionization mass spectrometry (LDSPI-MS). This particular type of complexation reaction in LDSPI-MS was investigated for the first time, which indicated that the mechanistic process of(More)
RATIONALE With the rapid development of ambient mass spectrometry, the hybrid laser-based ambient ionization methods which can generate multiply charged ions of large biomolecules and also characterize small molecules with good signal-to-noise in both positive and negative ion modes are of particular interest. METHODS An ambient ionization method termed(More)
A laser desorption dual spray post-ionization mass spectrometry method is described, and its usefulness is demonstrated with the examples of selective detection of food components, manipulation of protein charge state distribution and investigation on the formation of magic number clusters. The method is carried out by adopting two spray emitters for(More)
In this work, an extremely simple and quite sensitive mass spectrometric method termed ambient surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (ambient SALDI-MS) was developed to analyze different kinds of compounds, just using a piece of graphite-coated paper for the sample introduction. This provides great advantage in simplifying the(More)
Paper spray mass spectrometry is a method for the direct analysis of biofluid samples in which extraction of analytes from dried biofluid spots and electrospray ionization occur from the paper on which the dried sample is stored. We examined matrix effects in the analysis of small molecule drugs from urine, plasma, and whole blood. The general method was to(More)
A novel method for the detection of histamine (HIM) via the formation of a self-assembled magic number cluster with thymine (T) by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) is described. The formation of the magic number cluster [T17 + HIM + 2H](2+) shifts the MS signal of histamine to the interference-free higher mass range and the(More)
We developed a simple 3D printed cartridge for mass spectrometry (MS) targeted detection of plasma proteins, including post-translational modifications (PTMs). The cartridge uses an integrated antibody enrichment column to preconcentrate the protein target as well as a novel built-in substrate to ionize the protein targets for MS detection. We show several(More)
A label-free double amplification system has been developed by using a ternary DNA probe containing the poly(adenine-thymine) sequence assisted by exonuclease III degradation. The method achieved more than 600-fold signal amplification and allowed sensitive detection of single-stranded DNA and thrombin at the pM level by using liquid chromatography/mass(More)
RATIONALE It is difficult to directly analyze carboxylic acids in complex mixtures by ambient high-voltage-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (HALDI-MS) in negative ion mode due to the low ionization efficiency of carboxylic acids. METHODS A method for the rapid detection of carboxylic acids in negative HALDI-MS has been developed(More)