Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 386, Issue 1, pp 46–51 | Cite as

Electrospray mass spectrometry analysis of dendritic branches bearing peripheral fullerene subunits

  • Haiko Herschbach
  • Kohei Hosomizu
  • Uwe Hahn
  • Emmanuelle Leize
  • Alain Van Dorsselaer
  • Hiroshi Imahori
  • Jean-François Nierengarten
Special Issue Paper


The electrospray mass spectrometric characterization of neutral dendrons with a carboxylic acid function or a t-butyl ester moiety at the central point and up to eight peripheral C60 subunits has been performed and is described in detail. Molecules bearing a carboxylic acid group at the center turned out to be preferentially ionized by deprotonation, whereas those with a t-butyl ester head group were ionized by reduction of the C60 units in the infusion capillary of the electrospray source.


Fullerenes Dendrimers In situ reduction Electrospray mass spectrometry 



This work was supported by a doctoral fellowship from the European Postgraduate School (GRK 532) to H.H. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is gratefully acknowledged for a postdoctoral fellowship to U.H.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haiko Herschbach
    • 1
  • Kohei Hosomizu
    • 2
  • Uwe Hahn
    • 3
  • Emmanuelle Leize
    • 1
  • Alain Van Dorsselaer
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Imahori
    • 2
  • Jean-François Nierengarten
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Spectrométrie de Masse Bio-organiqueUniversité Louis Pasteur and CNRSStrasbourg cedex 2France
  2. 2.Department of Molecular EngineeringKyoto UniversityNishikyo-kuJapan
  3. 3.Groupe de Chimie des Fullerènes et des Systèmes ConjuguésLaboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRSToulouse cedex 4France

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