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Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM

Negative fast atom bombardment ionization of aromatic sulfonic acids: unusual sample-matrix interaction.


PMID 10717665

Abstract

The most intense ion(s) in negative ion fast atom bombardment (FAB) mass spectra of 2- and 4-benzaldehyde sulfonic acid (BSA) in glycerol or 3-nitrobenzyl alcohol matrix corresponds to a covalent association of the analyte with one or two matrix molecules accompanied by the elimination of a molecule of water. The molecular ion [M - H](-), however, is of low abundance. The identity of the resulting ions [M + nA - H(2)O - H](-) (where M is the analyte and A is the matrix) was confirmed by exact mass measurement using the peak matching technique. These covalent matrix-analyte complexes were not observed when the sulfonic acid functionality in BSA was substituted with COOH, NO(2), and OH or when the sulfonic acid was in salt form. These observations indicate that the free sulfonic acid group in BSA is responsible for the covalent adduct formation. To our knowledge, analyte-matrix covalent association in negative ion FAB spectra of BSA has not been reported previously.

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