Interfacing microfluidics to LDI-MS by automatic robotic spotting

Chia Wen Tsao, Song Tao, Chien Fu Chen, Jikun Liu, Don L. Devoe

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We developed a method of interfacing microfluidics with mass spectrometry (MS) using a robotic spotting system to automate the contact spotting process. We demonstrate that direct and automated spotting of analyte from multichannel microfluidic chips to a custom microstructured MALDI target plate was a simple, robust, and high-throughput method for interfacing parallel microchannels using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Using thermoplastic cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) polymer microfluidic chips containing eight parallel 100 μm × 46 μm microchannels connected to a single input port, spotting volume repeatability and MALDI-MS signal uniformity are evaluated for a panel of sample peptides. The COC microfluidic chips were fabricated by hot embossing and solvent bonding techniques followed by chip dicing to create open ends for MS interfacing. Using the automatic robotic spotting approach, microfluidic chip-based reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) separations were interfaced with electrochemically etched nanofilament silicon (nSi) target substrate, demonstrating the potential of this approach toward chip-based microfluidic separation coupled with matrix-free laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry.

頁(從 - 到)777-787
期刊Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
出版狀態已出版 - 6月 2010


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