Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Darrin L. Smith
Mass spectrometry (MS) has undergone a revolution with the introduction of a new group of desorption/ionization (DI) techniques known collectively as Ambient Ionization mass spectrometry. Ambient ionization mass spectrometry allows for direct analysis of analytes and typically requires little or no sample preparation. Specifically, Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) has developed rapidly and allowed investigations to occur with the analysis of biomass after various pretreatments to determine the pretreatment biomass degradation efficiency. The degradation of the initial biomass structure is a very important step before other chemical treatments can occur to generate needed sugars. Since generated sugars aid in algae production, the pretreatment process is also important in relation to the overall process in producing biofuels. In addition to biomass analysis, analysis of specific biofuels from various feedstocks by the DART-MS is also presented demonstrating this ambient ionization method can be a rapid verification of the biofuel production. Biofuels generated from renewable resources have the potential to be a valuable substitute for, or complement to conventional gasoline.
Copyright 2012 Sushma Dendukuri
Dendukuri, Sushma, "Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry Analysis Pertaining To Biofuel Process Development" (2012). Online Theses and Dissertations. 124.