Mass spectra of iso-cinchona- and halogenated cinchona alkaloids

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The electron impact ionisation (EI) and electrospray ionisation (ESI) mass spectra using in-source collision-induced dissociation of nine different cinchona alkaloid derivatives [iso-cinchona alkaloids (ethereal isomers) and 10-Br(Cl) containing cinchona compounds] have been studied. In the case of the EI method for iso-cinchona alkaloids the observed fragmentation directions are as follows: isomerisation of the cyclic ethers to the corresponding C9 ketone, the formation of [M - 15]+, [M - 29]+ and [M - 57]+ fragments as a result of the loss of methyl, ethyl and butyl radicals, and the cleavage of the C8-C9 bond. The fragmentation of the compounds containing C10-Br(Cl) bonds started with the scission of this bond. The primary bond rupture is followed by the fragmentation of the primary product into two parts across the C8-C9 bond. In the case of the ESI method at low capillary exit voltage only the peak of the protonated molecule ([M + H]+), and in a significantly lower abundance, the peak of the [M + 2H]2+ ion can be observed. Increasing the capillary exit voltage causes fragmentation to occur. For iso-cinchona alkaloids the main direction is the cleavage of C8-C9 bond. For the C10-Br(Cl) compounds, the primary fragmentations are the cleavage of the C9-O and C10-Br(Cl) bonds. Fragmentation pathways are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-355
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Cinchona alkaloids
  • Derivatives
  • Electron impact
  • Electrospray
  • Structure elucidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy

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