Shimadzu's New DPiMS-2020 Probe Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometer Offers Quick Measurement Without Pretreatment

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Shimadzu Corporation has released the DPiMS-2020 probe electrospray ionization mass spectrometer, which can perform mass spectrometry quickly without complicated pretreatment.

Usually, a solvent, column, and other materials need to be prepared and an approximate concentration of the sample needs to be checked before performing analysis using a mass spectrometer. There has always been a demand for a simplified measurement procedure. The DPiMS-2020 uses “Probe Electro Spray Ionization (PESI)” for the sample ionization method. This method requires only adding a small amount of a chemical product, food ingredient, or biological sample on a plate to complete preparation. Then, simply select the probe control and mass spectrometric conditions on the window of the dedicated software, PESI MS Solution, and click the button to start measurement. Measurement results can be acquired in approximately two minutes.

This quick, simplified measurement can be used in the following applications.
– Evaluation of chemical products, such as shampoos and mouthwash, in which multiple surfactants are combined.
– Tracking chronological change of a chemical reaction in sampling after a reagent is mixed
– Measurement of the existence of a toxic agent (e.g. cyanide) in blood.

The ionization using PESI is a new analytical technique that has the potential to be used for various applications beyond those listed above. Shimadzu will work with customers to search for new applications. We plan to expand our mass spectrometry product line to include instruments that can perform measurements quickly without pretreatment by directly ionizing the samples without using a liquid chromatograph (LC) or a gas chromatograph (GC).

– We developed the DPiMS-2020 by using the technology of the system to assist fast diagnosis of pathologies developed with Professor Sen Takeda of the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Yamanashi and his group members in a Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) program for the development of advanced measurement and analysis systems. PESI was developed by Professor Kenzo Hiraoka of the University of Yamanashi in 2007.