Automated chemical identification and library building using dispersion plots for differential mobility spectrometry

Maneeshin Y. Rajapakse, Eva Borras, Danny Yeap, Daniel J. Peirano, Nicholas Kenyon, Cristina E Davis

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Differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) based detectors require rapid data analysis capabilities, embedded into the devices to achieve the optimum detection capabilities as portable trace chemical detectors. Automated algorithm-based DMS dispersion plot data analysis method was applied for the first time to pre-process and separate 3-dimensional (3-D) DMS dispersion data. We previously demonstrated our AnalyzeIMS (AIMS) software was capable of analyzing complex gas chromatography differential mobility spectrometry (GC-DMS) data sets. In our present work, the AIMS software was able to easily separate DMS dispersion data sets of five chemicals that are important in detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs): 2-butanone, 2-propanone, ethyl acetate, methanol and ethanol. Identification of chemicals from mixtures, separation of chemicals from a mixture and prediction capability of the software were all tested. These automated algorithms may have potential applications in separation of chemicals (or ion peaks) from other 3-D data obtained by hybrid analytical devices such as mass spectrometry (MS). New algorithm developments are included as future considerations to improve the current numerical approaches to fingerprint chemicals (ions) from a significantly complicated dispersion plot. Comprehensive peak identification by DMS-MS, variations of the DMS data due to chemical concentration, gas phase ion chemistry, temperature and pressure of the drift gas are considered in future algorithm improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4339-4349
Number of pages11
JournalAnalytical Methods
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 21 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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