Ambient Mass Spectrometry

@article{Cooks2006AmbientMS,
  title={Ambient Mass Spectrometry},
  author={R. Graham Cooks and Zheng Ouyang and Zolt{\'a}n Tak{\'a}ts and Justin M Wiseman},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={311},
  pages={1566 - 1570}
}
A recent innovation in mass spectrometry is the ability to record mass spectra on ordinary samples, in their native environment, without sample preparation or preseparation by creating ions outside the instrument. In desorption electrospray ionization (DESI), the principal method described here, electrically charged droplets are directed at the ambient object of interest; they release ions from the surface, which are then vacuumed through the air into a conventional mass spectrometer. Extremely… 

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