This study demonstrates the feasibility of using sol-gel/crown ether hybrid materials as sample substrates that reduce the intensity of the signals of sodium ion adducts of oligonucleotides during matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) analysis. 2-Hydroxymethylcrown-5 and 2-hydroxymethylcrown-6 were added as dopants during the sol-gel process to generate desalting substrates for MALDI sample deposition. The results demonstrate that the sol-gel/crown ether hybrid materials effectively suppress the formation of sodiated oligonucleotides during MALDI analysis. The largest detectable molecular size for an oligonucleotide was a 100-mer, and the detection limit for an oligonucleotide 36-mer was ca. 20 fmol.