Spherical Sampler Probes Enhance the Robustness of Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Rapid Drugs Screening

Mariya A. Shamraeva, Denis S. Bormotov, Ekaterina V. Shamarina, Konstantin V. Bocharov, Olga V. Peregudova, Stanislav I. Pekov, Eugene N. Nikolaev, Igor A. Popov

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Ambient ionization mass spectrometry has become one of the most promising approaches for rapid and high-throughput screening of small molecules in complex biological matrices for emergency medicine, forensics, and food and agriculture applications. The simple procedures for sample collection and ionization without additional pretreatment are vital in these fields. Many efforts have been devoted to modifying various ambient ionization techniques to simplify the procedures and improve the robustness and sensitivity of the methods. Here, we demonstrate the implementation of rigid spherical sampler probes to improve the robustness of touch spray ionization mass spectrometry. The sphericity of the probes increases the stability of the cone-jet mode of electrospray, reduces the requirements for fine positioning of a sampler in the ion source, and decreases the possibility of corona discharge occurrence. The utilization of spherical sampler probes allows fast, non-invasive sampling, followed by rapid analysis for various drugs of different chemical classes in complex biological matrices, such as the whole blood or sebum collected from the skin surface. The linearity of the analytical signal response from drug concentration confirms the possibility of creating a simple semiquantitative method for small molecules monitoring using spherical sampler probes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number945
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Ambient ionization
  • Drug monitoring
  • Emergency room
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Multiple compounds detection
  • Touch spray ionization


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