A new method for mass spectrometry of polyethylene waxes

The chloride ion attachment technique by atmospheric pressure photoionization

S. Kéki, Lajos Nagy, Ákos Kuki, M. Zsuga

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Abstract

Mass spectrometric characterization of low molecular weight polyethylene (LP-PE) by atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI) using the chloride attachment technique has been reported. LP-PE was obtained through extraction of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with hexane. APPI quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometric (APPI-Qq-TOF MS) measurements were performed in the positive and negative ion modes with a Qq-TOF MS instrument, which was equipped with an APPI source. The positive ion mode of the APPI-MS of PE exhibited significant fragmentation of the PE chains. The negative ion mode revealed minimal or no fragmentations of PE chains, thereby allowing the determination of their repeat unit and end groups. It was suggested that the chloride ion attachment can be applied to the analysis of other nonpolar polymer compounds, which are typically very difficult to ionize using different soft-ionization methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3772-3774
Number of pages3
JournalMacromolecules
Volume41
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 10 2008

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Photoionization
Waxes
Polyethylene
Atmospheric pressure
Mass spectrometry
Polyethylenes
Chlorides
Ions
Negative ions
Positive ions
Hexanes
High density polyethylenes
Hexane
Ionization
Polymers
Molecular weight

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A new method for mass spectrometry of polyethylene waxes : The chloride ion attachment technique by atmospheric pressure photoionization. / Kéki, S.; Nagy, Lajos; Kuki, Ákos; Zsuga, M.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 41, No. 11, 10.06.2008, p. 3772-3774.

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