Combining Ultrahigh-Resolution Ion-Mobility Spectrometry with Cryogenic Infrared Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Glycan Mixtures

The isomeric complexity of glycans make their analysis by traditional techniques particularly challenging. While the recent combination of ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) with cryogenic IR spectroscopy has demonstrated promise as a new tech-nique for glycan analysis, this approach has been limited by the modest resolution of the ion mobility stage. In this work we report results from a newly developed instrument that combines ultrahigh-resolution IMS with cryogenic IR spectroscopy for glycan analysis. This apparatus makes use of the recent development in travelling-wave IMS called structures for lossless ion manipulation (SLIM). The IMS stage allows the selection of glycan isomers that differ in collisional cross section by as little as 0.2% before injecting them into a cryogenic ion trap for IR spectral analysis. We compare our results to those using drift-tube IMS and highlight the advantages of the substantial increase in resolution. Application of this approach to glycan mixtures demonstrates our ability to isolate individual components, measure a cryogenic IR spectrum, and identify them using a spectroscopic database.


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Analytical Chemistry
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2019
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