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electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI MS)


A mass spectrometric technique for liquid samples that involves preparing electrically charged droplets from analyte molecules dissolved in a solvent. The electrically charged droplets enter a vacuum chamber where the solvent is evaporated. Evaporation of solvent reduces the droplet size, thereby increasing the coulombic repulsion within the droplet. As the charged droplets get smaller, the excess charge within them causes them to disintegrate and release analyte molecules. The volatilized analyte molecules are then analyzed by mass spectrometry. 


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