Electronic coupling and scaling effects during dielectric barrier electrospray ionization
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The mechanism of the previously published technique of dielectric barrier electrospray ionization (DB-ESI) was investigated in more detail. Two independent current signals occurring during the DB-ESI could be explained and allocated to sub-processes. The modulated shape of the HV signal, the applied frequency as well as the inner diameter of the emitter capillary have a big impact on the spray. Furthermore, there exists a cut-off frequency which depends on the electronic properties of the DB-ESI interface. Comparable mass spectra for lysine employing both conventional ESI and DB-ESI show a good analytical potential of the new technique.
KeywordsDielectric barrier electrospray ionization DB-ESI Displacement current
The financial support by the Ministerium für Innovationen, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung as well as by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (JA1799/1-1) is gratefully acknowledged.