Drift-Tube Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry for Nontargeted ′Omics

  • Tim J. CausonEmail author
  • Ruwan T. Kurulugama
  • Stephan Hann
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2084)


This chapter describes the developments in drift-tube ion mobility-mass spectrometry (DTIM-MS) that have driven application development in ′omics analyses. Harnessing the additional, orthogonal separation that DTIM provides increased confidence in compound identifications as the mass spectral complexity can be reduced and mobility-derived parameters (most prominently the collision cross section, CCS) used to support identity confirmation goals for a variety of ′omics application areas. Presented within this contribution is a methodology for improving the transmission and maintaining accurate determination of drift time-derived CCS (DTCCS) for low molecular weight compounds for a typical nontargeted ′omics (metabolomics) workflow using liquid chromatography in combination with DTIM-MS.

Key words

Collision cross section CCS databases Drift-tube ion mobility-mass spectrometry Ion mobility Mass spectrometry Metabolomics Non-targeted analysis Small molecules 



Vienna Business Agency and EQ BOKU VIBT GmbH are acknowledged for providing mass spectrometry instrumentation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim J. Causon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ruwan T. Kurulugama
    • 2
  • Stephan Hann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Analytical ChemistryUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Agilent TechnologiesSanta ClaraUSA

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