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Title: Study of Controlled Atmosphere Flexible Microtube Plasma Soft Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds as Potential Biomarkers in Saliva for Cancer
Authors: Vogel, Pascal
Lazarou, Constantinos
Gazeli, Odhisea
Brandt, Sebastian
Franzke, Joachim
Moreno-González, David
Abstract: A new soft ionization device for mass spectrometry is presented using the flexible microtube plasma under controlled atmospheric conditions. The controlled atmosphere flexible microtube plasma consists of the plasma source itself connected to a gas chromatograph and a mass spectrometer using a borosilicate glass cross piece. Controlled atmosphere, for example, nitrogen and/or an oxygen mixture, is introduced to the system to create a clean ionization environment. Reproducibility issues are discussed, and solutions are presented manipulating the gas flow in the cross piece. A proof of concept is shown using a ketone mixture introduced to the mass spectrometer to optimize atmospheric conditions. Furthermore, application of the presented device for the sensitive and nonfragmenting ionization of volatile organic biomarkers relevant for cancer is carried out. Sample treatment for human saliva is described, and relevant candidate biomarkers are measured in the saliva matrix, showing a very good ionization efficiency and neglectable matrix effects with limits of detection below 80 ppt.
Keywords: Atmospheric chemistry
Ionization
metadata.dc.description.sponsorship: This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement 810686 and under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement number 840743.
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