Characterisation of the ionic products arising from electron photodetachment of simple dicarboxylate dianions

Kirk, B. B., Trevitt, A. J., Poad, B. L. J., & Blanksby, S. J. (2013) Characterisation of the ionic products arising from electron photodetachment of simple dicarboxylate dianions. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 351, pp. 81-94.

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Much of what we currently understand about the structure and energetics of multiply charged anions in the gas phase is derived from the measurement of photoelectron spectra of simple dicarboxylate dianions. Here we have employed a modified linear ion-trap mass spectrometer to undertake complementary investigations of the ionic products resulting from laser-initiated electron photodetachment of two model dianions. Electron photodetachment (ePD) of the [M-2H](2-) dianions formed from glutaric and adipic acid were found to result in a significant loss of ion signal overall, which is consistent with photoelectron studies that report the emission of slow secondary electrons (Xing et al., 2010 [201). The ePD mass spectra reveal no signals corresponding to the intact [M-2H](center dot-) radical anions, but rather [M-2H-CO2](center dot-) ions are identified as the only abundant ionic products indicating that spontaneous decarboxylation follows ejection of the first electron. Interestingly however, investigations of the structure and energetics of the [M-2H-CO2](center dot-) photoproducts by ion-molecule reaction and electronic structure calculation indicate that (i) these ions are stable with respect to secondary electron detachment and (ii) most of the ion population retains a distonic radical anion structure where the radical remains localised at the position of the departed carboxylate moiety. These observations lead to the conclusion that the mechanism for loss of ion signal involves unimolecular rearrangement reactions of the nascent [M-2H](center dot-) carbonyloxyl radical anions that compete favourably with direct decarboxylation. Several possible rearrangement pathways that facilitate electron detachment from the radical anion are identified and are computed to be energetically accessible. Such pathways provide an explanation for prior observations of slow secondary electron features in the photoelectron spectra of the same dicaboxylate dianions. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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ID Code: 68894
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Multiply charged anions, Electron photodetachment, Electrospray, ionisation, Ion-trap mass spectrometry, charged negative-ions, trap mass-spectrometer, gas-phase, photoelectron-spectroscopy, anions, photodissociation, radicals, ionization, proteins, peptide, ARC
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijms.2013.06.008
ISSN: 1387-3806
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2014 03:28
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 01:00

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