Current developments in on-line mass spectrometry

James Scrivens, J. C. Ramage

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    In recent years mass spectrometry has become increasingly accepted as an on-line analytical tool. The now proven advantages of speed, flexibility, precision and reliability have led to a whole number of applications. Purpose built instrumentation has become available and greatly improved the credibility of the technique. Recent results show the excellent long and short term precision achievable and the much improved time between required calibration. Modern computer techniques together with the availability of less expensive hardware have mede the integration of the instrumentation into the total analytical package much easier. The selectivity of the technique has been improved by, for example, the use of programmable electron energies. Sampling, for so long a problem with this technique as for many others, is now being studied in depth and the sampling of liquid process streams directly is now feasible. Examples from each of the above development areas are presented together with suggestions for further work.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)299-306
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 1984


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