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An extractive electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (EESI-TOF) for online measurement of atmospheric aerosol particles

Lopez-Hilfiker, F. D.; Pospisilova, V.; Huang, W.; Kalberer, M.; Mohr, C.; Stefenelli, G.; Thornton, J. A.; Baltensperger, U.; Prevot, A. S. H.; Slowik, J. G.

Real-time, online measurements of atmospheric organic aerosol (OA) composition are an essential tool for determining the emissions sources and physicochemical processes governing aerosol effects on climate and health. However, the reliance of current techniques on thermal desorption, hard ionization, and/or separated collection/analysis stages introduces significant uncertainties into OA composition measurements, hindering progress towards these goals. To address this gap, we present a novel, field-deployable extractive electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (EESI-TOF), which provides online, near-molecular (i.e., molecular formula) OA measurements at atmospherically relevant concentrations without analyte fragmentation or decomposition. Aerosol particles are continuously sampled into the EESI-TOF, where they intersect a spray of charged droplets generated by a conventional electrospray probe. Soluble components are extracted and then ionized as the droplets are evaporated. The EESI-TOF achieves a linear response to mass, with detection limits on the order of 1 to 10 ngm¯³ in 5 s for typical atmospherically relevant compounds. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000098523
Veröffentlicht am 01.10.2019
DOI: 10.5194/amt-12-4867-2019
Zitationen: 15
Web of Science
Zitationen: 11
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Aerosolforschung (IMK-AAF)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1867-1381, 1867-8548
KITopen-ID: 1000098523
HGF-Programm 12.03.03 (POF III, LK 01)
Gas to particle conversion
Erschienen in Atmospheric measurement techniques
Band 12
Heft 9
Seiten 4867-4886
Nachgewiesen in Scopus
Web of Science
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