Image of the Month
Joanna Cummings |
The Next Small Thing
A sample of cocaine is subjected to electrical charges from a triboelectric nanogenerator before being measured in a mass spectrometer. A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology (1) report that by using triboelectric nanogenerators as the power source to ionize molecules, mass spec sensitivity was significantly boosted – in this case, achieving a highly sensitive (~0.6 zeptomole) analysis using minimal sample (18 pl per pulse). If widely adopted, the researchers hope this new technique could allow analytical scientists to measure smaller sample sizes with increased sensitivity.
Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech Reference: A Li et al., “Triboelectric nanogenerators for sensitive nano-coulomb molecular mass spectrometry”, Nat Nanotechnol, [epub only] (2017).
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