Effects of different alkali metal ions on the cationization of poly(ethylene glycol)s in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry: A new selectivity parameter

Sándor Kéki, László Sz Szilágyi, György Deák, Miklós Zsuga

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The cationization of poly(ethylene glycol)s, PEG 4000 and PEG 6000, under matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization conditions was studied by using different concentration ratios of the sodium ion, as the reference ion, and another alkali metal ion (Li+, K+, Rb+, Cs+). A linear correlation was found between the intensity ratio of the sodiated PEGs and PEGs cationized with alkali metal ions versus the initial concentration ratio of sodium and alkali metal ions. The slopes of these straight lines are proposed as a novel selectivity ratio for the ionization process. The intensity distribution of the cationized PEGs was also investigated. It was found that the cationized oligomers follow Poisson statistics. The Mn and Mw values were also evaluated. An explanation for the observed effects is given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1074-1080
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mass Spectrometry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - okt. 1 2002


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  • Spectroscopy

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