Aviv Amirav and Tal Alon, Tel Aviv University and Aviv Analytical, Emails: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
In the 2013 Pittcon meeting (Philadelphia 17-21 March 2013) Prof. Aviv Amirav and Dr. Tal Alon will present six advanced GC-MS presentations performed mostly with the 5975-SMB GC-MS with Cold-EI. Brief abstracts of these presentations are given below (we will be happy to provide the full presentations upon request).
We will be happy to meet you at our posters (240-11, 1210-6, 2180-3) or at the lecture halls after our oral presentations (1430-3, 2080-4, 2330-5) to discuss your advanced GC-MS needs and challenging applications, or any other topic.
Keep reading to find out how the Aviv Analytical 5975-SMB GC-MS with Cold EI brings the next GC-MS revolution and largely improves GC-MS performance for a broad range of applications.
Sunday March 17, poster 240-11, Ballroom B Level 300, 17-19 PM
Aviv Amirav, Alexander B. Fialkov and Tal Alon
5975-SMB GC-MS with cold EI is based on the combination of the Aviv Analytical supersonic molecular beam (SMB) technology with the Agilent 5975 GC-MS, forming a powerful GC-MS platform. In this system the GC is interfaced with the MS using supersonic molecular beams and electron ionization is performed in a fly-through ion source. The GC eluting sample compounds are mixed with helium make up gas, expand from a supersonic nozzle into a vacuum chamber, vibrationally cooled (hence the name Cold EI), skimmed, and pass a fly-through EI ion source where they are ionized by 70 eV electrons and mass analyzed.
Several examples of recent challenging applications of the 5975-SMB are described in the Advanced GC-MS Blog Journal for your easy review and these and a few more will be presented:
These examples demonstrate improved MS information with Cold EI, extended range of compounds amenable for analysis, faster analysis and improved sensitivity. The harder it is to analyze the compound, the greater is the improvement gain with the 5975-SMB GC-MS with Cold EI.
Isotope Abundance Analysis for Largely Improved Sample Identification by GC-MS
Tuesday March 19, Poster 1210-6, 10-12 AM, Exposition Floor Aisles 1600-2100
Tal Alon and Aviv Amirav
Currently sample identification by GC-MS is performed mostly with EI libraries. However, vital information is contained in the relative abundances of the various isotopomers (molecular ion peaks with different isotopes) which can be translated into elemental formulas of the sample compounds to supplement and complement NIST's library identifications.
A novel molecule Identification software was developed based on an isotope abundance analysis (IAA) method and unit resolution single quadrupole MS data which we named Tal-Aviv Molecule Identifier (TAMI). This software, among other things, links with the NIST MS library and automatically confirms or rejects its identification. In case of a confirmation the sample identification is unambiguous since the confirmation is done by an independent set of data and method. In the case of a rejection, the MI software independently provides a list of elemental formulas with declining order of matching to the experimental data, in similarity to costly accurate mass measurements.
The Tal-Aviv Molecule Identifier software is ideally applicable to GC-MS and in terms of sample identification capability it upgrades a unit resolution quadrupole based GC-MS to the level of accurate mass GC-TOF-MS. Furthermore, the combination of TAMI and the quadrupole based Aviv Analytical 5975-SMB GC-MS is superior to accurate mass GC-TOF-MS due to the uniquely obtained trustworthy molecular ions and its extended range of analyzable compounds.
The TAMI software will be explained and demonstrated 'live' during the poster time with selected examples, and its operation can also be demonstrated on your Agilent Chemstation data files.
Sample Identification by GC-MS and How to Improve it
Tuesday March 19, Oral presentation 1430-3 at 14:40 in Room 120C
Aviv Amirav, Alexander B. Fialkov and Tal Alon
Sample identification by GC-MS is usually performed with library (such as NIST) search and identification. Library identification is based on the search among available electron ionization mass spectra that provide extensive structural information via the availability of multitude of MS fragments, automatically providing compound names and identification probabilities.
Improved methods of sample identification were explored using the Aviv Analytical 5975-SMB GC-MS with cold EI, an instrument based on the use of supersonic molecular beams (SMB) for interfacing the GC with MS and electron ionization of vibrationally cold sample compounds in SMB with a fly-through ion source.
The following aspects of sample identification were improved:
- Sample elution is a must for sample identification and the use of short columns with high column flow rates enabled significant extension of the range of compounds amenable for GC-MS analysis while the fly-through ion source ensured their ionization without ion source degradation.
- Enhanced molecular ions significantly improve library search results and confidence in identification.
- The combined availability of enhanced molecular ions and a unique Molecule Identifier software based on isotope abundance analysis serves to confirm or reject NIST results and provide complementary elemental formulas.
- The combination of enhanced molecular ions and high mass fragments provides extended structural and isomer information.
- The combination of enhanced molecular ions, high mass fragments and high total ion count sensitivity provides lower limit of identification.
The harder it is to identify the compound, the greater is the improvement gain with the 5975-SMB GC-MS.
Open Probe Fast GC-MS with Supersonic Molecular Beams – Easy, Ultra Fast and Informative Analysis
Wednesday March 20, Poster 2180-3 13:30-15:30 at 204ABC
Aviv Amirav, Alexander Gordin, Alexander B. Fialkov, Mati Morag and Tal Alon
A novel low thermal mass fast GC was designed. Coupled with the Aviv Analytical 5975-SMB GC-MS it forms a powerful new type of Fast GC-MS. The 5975-SMB is based on the use of supersonic molecular beams (SMB) for interfacing the GC with the MS, and on electron ionization of vibrationally cold compounds in a fly-through ion source. We further developed a novel Open Probe inlet for fast sampling without sample preparation. It is a probe oven that is mounted onto the fast GC and which is open to room air while having helium purge flow protection to eliminate air leakage. Thus, sample handling and introduction is as simple and fast as touching the sample (with a swab or melting point glass tube) and pushing it into the open probe. The Open Probe Fast GC-MS provides direct analysis in real time (DART) but in comparison to other types of DART it provides:
- Fast chromatography separation for improved mixtures analysis
- Cold EI uniquely provides uniform compound independent response for improved quantitation
- Library based sample identification is enabled combined with isotope abundance analysis software for best identification
- Extended range of thermally labile and low volatility compounds are amenable for analysis
- Swabs can be used to bring samples from remote surfaces combined with full thermal desorption
- An In-vacuum ion source is used hence the instrument cost less and does not suffer from ion suppression effects
- The same system can be operated with a second injector as GC-MS
In short, the Open Probe Supersonic Fast GC-MS provides real time analysis with separation
The Quest for Ultimate Performance Forensic GC-MS
Wednesday March 20, Oral Presentation 2080-4 at 15 PM in Room 116
Aviv Amirav Alexander B. Fialkov and Tal Alon
Forensic GC-MS analysis is of growing use and importance, encompassing diverse range of analyses including arson investigations, illicit drag analysis, explosives analysis and general unknown compound and matrices identification. Improved forensic analysis was explored using the Aviv Analytical 5975-SMB GC-MS with cold EI, an instrument based on the use of supersonic molecular beams (SMB) for interfacing the GC with the MS, along with electron ionization of vibrationally cold sample compounds in SMB within a fly-through ion source. The 5975-SMB provides much faster analysis, enables simplified sample handling and preparation for analysis, increases the range of compounds amenable for analysis and improves sample identification via the availability of enhanced molecular ion and isotope abundance analysis software.
Several advanced forensic applications will be demonstrated including:
- The analysis of labile TATP and HMTD peroxide explosives with dominant molecular ion and femtogram range LOD
- C4 Explosive source characterization via the analysis of its plasticizers isomers and homologous compounds
- Very fast universal analysis of illicit drugs (heroin, cocain) in under 2 minutes chromatography and 3 minutes total analysis cycle time
- AM2201 synthetic cannabis on herbs analysis with <3 minutes sample preparation.
- Ultra fast forensic GC-MS analysis with Open Probe fast GC-MS with sub minute analysis time from the sample to the results
- Pistol oil on hands for forensic linking between a suspect and a given fire arm
- Isomer abundance analysis for fuel and oil characterization for improved arson investigations
- Nonoxynol-9 condom spermicide oil
The innovative Open Probe low thermal mass fast GC will be described with a demonstration of its forensic applications.
Dramatically Improved Hydrocarbon Analysis with the 5975-SMB GC-MS with Cold EI
Thursday March 21, Oral Presentation 2330-5 at 9:35 in room 122B
Aviv Amirav Alexander B. Fialkov and Tal Alon
Hydrocarbon analysis is of vital importance to broad range of applications, yet its GC-MS analysis is confronted with difficulties: eluting low volatility and large compounds is problematic and the absence of trustworthy molecular ions often precludes proper identification. Such analysis is further exacerbated by a lack of LC and or LC-MS alternatives. The Aviv Analytical 5975-SMB GC-MS with Cold EI was used for challenging hydrocarbons analyses. This system is based on the combination of the Supersonic Molecular Beams (SMB) technology with the Agilent 5975 GC-MS, forming a new and powerful GC-MS system. In this system the GC is interfaced with the MS using supersonic molecular beams and the sample compounds are ionized using fly-through electron ionization ion source while they are vibrationally cold (hence the name Cold EI). GC-MS with cold EI enables the analysis of large oil and wax compounds, up to C74, via the use of short columns with high column flow rates. The system provides trustworthy and largely enhanced molecular ions and structurally important high mass fragments to all analytes for their improved identification.
A unique novel isomer abundance analysis method is enabled and was explored for improved fuel, oil and hydrocarbon mixtures characterization.
The analysis of the following samples will be described: polywax, oxygenates in wax, flesh flies wax, ants wax, flower wax, beeswax on fruits and vegetables, jet engine oil, geochemical oil samples, motor oil, insect communication hydrocarbons, Jojoba oil, Nonoxynol-9 condom spermicide oil, triglycerides in Biodiesel and more.
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