Development of new approaches to FTICR mass spectrometry

Period of Performance: 07/15/2016 - 07/14/2017


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

MassTech, Inc.
Principal Investigator


A significant increase in the mass resolving power of Fourier Transform Ion CyclotronResonance (FTICR) mass spectrometers broadly utilized for ion tissue imaging andproteomics studies will have a profound impact on the entire analytical field ofcharacterization of proteins, lipids, and metabolites. A 4-fold increase in the resolvingpower will create a unique analytical tool specifically applicable to the MS-based analysisof trace amounts of chemical and biological substances. We plan to build a platformcombining the multi-electrode ICR cell and novel signal amplification system with the goalto attain the most efficient usage of the FTICR systems with less expensive magnets thusmaking these instruments the top research tools in biological mass spectrometry. Takinginto account an availability of moderate-field FTICR systems in the laboratories, this willenable a wider use of these systems in the variety of the MS based analytical fields.