A new technique is presented for the coupling of atmospheric pressure matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (AP-MALDI) mass spectrometry with liquid delivery systems. Mass measurements of polymers and peptides are demonstrated using a co-dissolved matrix, e.g.
α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (HCCA). Improvements in terms of sensitivity are achieved by optimizing the shape und control of the exit capillary and by using a laser (355 nm) at a 1 kHz repetition rate. Two calibration experiments promise a good applicability of the presented coupling method for quantitative measurements. The limit of detection achieved so far is 500 nM for peptides in methanol solution containing 25 mM HCCA.