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Tailing of Chromatographic Peaks in GC-MS Caused by Interaction of Halogenated Solvents with the Ion Source

Brocks, Jochen; Hope, Janet


The injection of analytes into a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) system using dichloromethane (DCM) as solvent led to gradual deterioration of chromatographic signals, with significant tailing and loss of sensitivity for C17+ hydrocarbons. The injector, gas chromatograph and transfer line were excluded as causes. Normal peak shape could only be restored by the insertion of a cleaned MS ion source. To elucidate potential surficial contaminants, the ion source was heated from 260 to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Chromatographic Science
DOI: 10.1093/chromsci/bmt068


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