Investigation of chiral reactions: The structural detection of new hydrogenated isocinchona alkaloids from mixtures without isolation using electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry

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Abstract

The reaction mixture for the hydrogenation of ethyl pyruvate on Pt-alumina catalyst modified with isocinchona alkaloids (α-ICN (I) and β-ICN (II)) was studied by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS). It was established that part of the chiral modifiers themselves are converted into ions of m/z 299, 305 and 309 in the course of chiral hydrogenation. The experimental data allowed the determination of the probable structure of the ions mentioned. According to ESI-MS/MS spectra the structure of the new cinchona alkaloids was assumed: tetrahydroisocinchonines (III-VI), decahydro-isocinchonines (VII, VIII) and hydrogenated compounds of VII and VIII by scission of their C-N and C-O bonds (IX/1, IX/2, X). Fragmentation pathways are proposed for these new compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1352-1360
Number of pages9
JournalRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Volume18
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 12 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry

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