Special Issues-05-01-2013

An analysis of the capabilities of direct analysis in real time (DART) and desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) sources for the analysis of contaminated fabrics

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May 01, 2013

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A new technique was developed based on liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry to analyze drugs that are not part of current immunoassay screening, specifically zolpidem, zopiclone, and zaleplone, or "z-drugs." This method allows for the simultaneous quantification of the z-drugs and all major benzodiazepines in human urine samples.

Soft ionization MS using GC–APCI-MS and GC–SMB-MS offers complementary identification power for the characterization of natural products, as illustrated by the identification of alkanes, sterols, long chain alcohols, and derivatized polar compounds in tobacco leaf extracts described here.

Here, degradation compounds similar to those formed in metabolic or environmental pathways were generated by adopting a photocatalytic process, quantified in environmental samples by liquid chromatography with multiple-stage mass spectrometry (LC–MSn) analysis using an orbital trap instrument with an electrospray interface, and then identified in indoor environments alongside parent compounds.

Click the title above to open the July 2013 issue of Current Trends in Mass Spectrometry, Volume 11, Number 3, in an interactive PDF format.