Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Robert S. Houk
Mass spectrometric methods that are able to analyze solid samples or biological materials with little or no sample preparation are invaluable to science as well as society. Fundamental research that has discovered experimental and instrumental parameters that inhibit fractionation effects that occur during the quantification of elemental species in solid samples by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is described. Research that determines the effectiveness of novel laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric methods for the molecular analysis of biological tissues at atmospheric pressure and at high spatial resolution is also described. A spatial resolution is achieved that is able to analyze samples at the single cell level.
David C. Perdian
Perdian, David C., "Direct analysis of samples by mass spectrometry: From elements to bio-molecules using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry" (2009). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 10788.