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A Setup for the Coupling of a Thin-Layer Electrochemical Flow Cell to Electrospray Mass Spectrometry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Analytisk kemi.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Analytisk kemi.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Analytisk kemi.
2004 (English)In: Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 76, no 7, 2017-2024 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A novel setup for the coupling of commercially available thin-layer cell to electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) which allows the elctrochemical reactions at the counter electrode to be straightforwardly separated from the flow into the mass spectrometer has been developed. In this way interferences from reaction products formed at the counter electrode can be minimized. This reduces the risk of changes in the mass spectra as a result of electrochemical reactions in the solution. The described setup also enables the working electrode to be positioned close to the electrospray (ESI) emitter without the need for a grounding point or a long transfer line between the electrochemical cell and the electrospray emitter. By decoupling the electrochemical reactions in the flow cell and those in the electrospray emitter, improved facilities for studies of electrochemical reactions are obtained through a better control of the potential of the working electrode. The setup has been used to study the oxidation of a drug (Olsalazine), which previously has been found to involve chemical follow-up reactions. It is also demonstrated that uncharged thiols can be detected in ESI-MS after spontaneous adsorption on a gold working electrode, followed by oxidative desorption to yield sulfinates or sulfonates. This adsorption and potential-controlled desorption has been used for the preconcentration of micromolar concentrations of 1-hexanethiol as well as for desalting of solutions containing micromolar concentrations of thiols. The results indicate that the present on-line coupling of an electrochemical cell to ESI-MS provides promising possibilities for sample preconcentration, matrix exchange (including desalting), and ionization of neutral compounds, such as thiols.

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2004. Vol. 76, no 7, 2017-2024 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-70661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-70661DiVA: diva2:98572
Available from: 2005-04-26 Created: 2005-04-26 Last updated: 2011-03-25
In thesis
1. On-line Electrochemistry Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry: Method Development and Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On-line Electrochemistry Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry: Method Development and Applications
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with studies of on-line electrochemistry electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (EC/ESI-MS). It is shown that the use of EC/ESI-MS demands optimal coupling characteristics.

Pre-concentration and desalting, due to matrix exchange, were demonstrated for the model substance 1-hexanethiol in an EC/ESI-MS setup. The setup was also used for investigations of the oxidation states of the manganese complex [Mn2(bpmp)(µ-OAc)2][ClO4], where bpmp is a 2,6-bis[[N,N-di(2-pyridylmethyl)amino]methyl]-4-methylphenol compound. The manganese complex, which is relevant to artificial photosynthesis, was found to be a good model compound for the EC/ESI-MS studies, thanks to its many oxidation states. For the first time, the presence of the Mn(III,IV) state of the manganese complex was demonstrated in the studies.

During the experimental work, the importance of the electrode positioning within the electrochemical cell was investigated. Different EC cell configurations were studied using the manganese complex as a model substance. It was clearly shown that the EC cell design influences the distribution between the peaks in the mass spectra - not only for manganese complexes and Olsalazine but also for 4-chloroaniline.

A previously unknown comproportionation reaction was found for 4-chloroaniline involving the oxidised dimer, 4-[(4-chlorophenyl)imino]-2,5-cyclohexadien-1-imine. This reaction explained the unexpected presence of the signal due to the reduced dimer, 4-amino-4'-chlorodiphenylamine, in the mass spectra.

Furthermore, it was shown that EC/ESI-MS was successful in conjunction with miniaturised gold wire electrodes in a PDMS chip within which dopamine was oxidised with a conversion efficiency of 30%. The oxidation products of dopamine were detected after 0.6-1.2 seconds for 1.0 and 0.5 µl/min, respectively. The combination of electrochemically controlled solid-phase extraction (EC-SPE) with ESI-MS was found to be less straightforward than detecting anions pre-concentrated on a polypyrrole coated electrode with EC-SPE/ICP-MS.

The on-line combination of liquid chromatography with EC/ESI-MS/MS for studying antioxidants in yellow onion extracts was shown to be fast and a relatively easy complement to classical antioxidant activity determinations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2009. 78 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 622
National Category
Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Analytical Chemistry
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99329 (URN)978-91-554-7459-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-04-24, BMC, B42, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2009-04-02 Created: 2009-03-12 Last updated: 2009-04-06Bibliographically approved

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