Structures and fragmentations of electrosprayed Zn(II) complexes of carboxylic acids in the gas phase: Isomerisation versus desolvation during the last desolvation step

Abstract : Zn2+-carboxylate ions formed in methanol/water solutions are transferred in the gas phase by electrospray. At low cone voltage, species observed in the source spectra correspond to solvated Zn2+-carboxylates: [RCOOZn, (CH3OH)n]+ (R=H, CH3; n=1-3) ions. Under low energy collisions, all ions with A COMPLETER lose exclusively methanol, mimicking some of the last steps of ion desolvation. However, ions with only one molecule of solvent behave differently: [HCOOZn, CH3OH]+ eliminates carbon dioxide and [CH3COOZn, CH3OH]+ either loses the last molecule of methanol or fragments to give the acylium ion [CH3CO]+. Labelling experiments as well as accurate molecular orbital calculations are used to explain this different behaviour of [RCOOZn, CH3OH]+ ions which fragment (totally or partially) instead of losing the last molecule of solvent. It appears that the loss of the last molecule of solvent from [HCOOZn, CH3OH]+ requires more energy than does its isomerisation into [CO2, HZn, CH3OH]+, precursor for the loss of CO2. For [CH3COOZn, CH3OH]+, isomerisation processes and direct loss of methanol require very similar energies. In both cases, part of the gaseous ions formed after complete desolvation are chemically different from their precursors in solution. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Françoise Rogalewicz, Gilles Louazel, Yannick Hoppilliard, Gilles Ohanessian. Structures and fragmentations of electrosprayed Zn(II) complexes of carboxylic acids in the gas phase: Isomerisation versus desolvation during the last desolvation step. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Elsevier, 2003, 228 (2-3), pp.779-795. ⟨10.1016/S1387-3806(03)00244-6⟩. ⟨hal-00917380⟩

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