Use MicroTees and MicroCrosses to join capillary tubing. All of these products are made entirely of PEEK and have 0.006" (0.150 mm) thru-holes, with resulting swept volumes ranging from 29 to 81 nL.
Use only the ferrules supplied with each connector—they are not interchangeable.
Several researchers use our PEEK MicroTee to introduce ionizing voltage to their fluid stream just prior to a Mass Spectrometer. MicroTees are well suited for this application due to advantageous internal geometry and PEEK polymer's electrical resistance. The materials required for this setup are as follows: one gold or platinum conducting wire, one P-775 or P-875 MicroTee, one MicroTight Tubing Sleeve for the conducting wire (as needed to accommodate wire diameter), and at least two more MicroTight Tubing Sleeves to connect your capillary tubing.
To set up a similar connection, first thread your wire through the appropriate tubing sleeve, if necessary, with the wire extending beyond both ends of the sleeve. Slip the female nut included with the MicroTee over the wire or sleeved wire, followed by the ferrule—ensuring the wire (and its sleeve) extends well past the end of the ferrule tip. Align the tip of the wire with the thru-hole of the MicroTee and gently insert the wire until it bottoms out. Now finger tighten the female nut into place. Attach your flow path tubing to the MicroTee's two other available ports, following the instructions provided with the Micro Tee.
Begin fluid flow through the tee and apply voltage to the conducting wire lead. This setup typically provides effective electrospray ionization in applications having a flow rate of 100 µL/min or greater.
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