This paper describes a simple robust and integrated piezoelectric actuated printhead as a dopant delivery system for atmospheric pressure photoionization with liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry The newly designed dopant delivery system avoids problems associated with traditional liquid delivery systems such as solvent immiscibility backpressure and increased post-column dead volume issues The performance of the new device was tested and evaluated using chlorobenzene as a dopant with a test mixture consisting of 18 different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) The results show that the new system works robustly at low dopant consumption level (16 uL min-1) consuming only approximately 5% of the amount used by conventional sources The low dopant consumption has resulted in up to a 20-fold reduction in signal intensity of tested PAH molecules but has led to less presence of background cluster ions and dopant trace contaminant background ions in the source area Consequently all tested PAHs were detected with excellent signal-to-noise ratio with at least two-to ten-fold improvements in the limit of detection and quantification compared to those obtained with traditional dopant assistance using a post-column addition method © IM Publications LLP 2013.
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Acknowledgements: The authors gratefully acknowledge the research support from the Analytical Core Lab at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. This work was partially supported by a grant awarded by the KAUST office of Competitive Research Grant number 3200000004. E.Q.L is grateful for a SABIC Postdoctoral Fellowship.