Analytical chemistry, 85(7):3629-37, 4, 2013. Paper Website abstract bibtex
Quantitative measurements of atenolol, tioconazole, tetraethylammonium bromide, and tetrabutylammonium iodide using laser electrospray mass spectrometry (LEMS) reveal monotonic signal response as a function of concentration for single analytes, two- and four-component equimolar mixtures, and two-component variable molarity mixtures. LEMS analyses of single analytes as a function of concentration were linear over ~2.5 orders of magnitude for all four analytes and displayed no sign of saturation. Corresponding electrospray ionization (ESI) measurements displayed a nonmonotonic increase as saturation occurred at higher concentrations. In contrast to the LEMS experiments, the intensity ratios from control experiments using conventional ESI-MS deviated from expected values for the equimolar mixture measurements due to ion suppression of less surface active analytes, particularly in the analysis of the four-component mixture. In the analyses of two-component nonequimolar mixtures, both techniques were able to determine the concentration ratios after adjustment with response factors although conventional ESI-MS was subject to a greater degree of saturation and ion suppression at higher analyte concentrations.