A New Technique for Decomposition of Selected Ions in Molecule Ion Reactor Coupled with Ortho-Time-of-flight Mass Spectrometry

A.Dodonov1, V.Kozlovsky1, A.Loboda1, V.Raznikov1, I.Sulimenkov1, A.Tolmachev1, A.Kraft2 and H.Wollnik2
1Institute of Energy Problems in Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Science,
Chernogolovka 142432, Russia
2II Physikalisches Institut, Universitat Giessen, 35392 Giessen, Germany

Rapid. Commun. Mass Spectrom. 11, 1649-1656 (1997)
Received 5 August 1997; Accepted 22 August 1997

   A molecule ion reactor (MIR), i.e. a gas filled radio-frequency only quadrupole with a longitudinal electrical field (RFQLEF), is used as an atmospheric pressure ionization interface for an orthogonal time-of-flight mass spectrometer (O-TOFMS). A new phenomenon of selective ion ‘heating’ in a MIR near Mathieu’s instability threshold was found and confirmed by computer simulation. The ‘heating’ in collisions with buffer gas molecules leads to ion decomposition. In the case of multicharged ions, fragments with an m/z value higher than that of the parent ion have a stable motion and can be analysed by an O-TOFMS. Fragmentation of bradykinin and ‚ b-endorphin molecular ions having a selected charge state is demonstrated. The spectra show clear ‘ladder’ structure. The phenomenon may be used as an alternative to tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) for molecule structure analysis.

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