In the present work, the advantages of a new, 100 kV platform equipped with a massive gold cluster source for the analysis of native biological surfaces are shown. Inspection of the molecular ion emission as a function of projectile size demonstrates a secondary ion yield increase of ∼100× for 520 keV Au 400 4+ as compared to 130 keV Au 3 1+ and 43 keV C 60. In particular, yields of tens of percent of molecular ions per projectile impact for the most abundant components can be observed with the 520 keV Au 400 4+ probe. A comparison between 520 keV Au 400 4+ time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) data showed a similar pattern and similar relative intensities of lipid components across a rat brain sagittal section. The abundant secondary ion yield of analyte-specific ions makes 520 keV Au 400 4+ projectiles an attractive probe for submicrometer molecular mapping of native surfaces.
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- Analytical Chemistry