Journal of inclusion phenomena

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 107–118 | Cite as

Laser microprobe mass spectrometry (LMMS) of intracrystalline crown ether and cryptand complexes in layer silicates

  • B. Casal
  • E. Ruiz-Hitzky
  • L. Van Vaeck
  • F. C. Adams


Laser microprobe mass spectrometry (LMMS) allows the characterisation of organic inclusions in mineral materials. The complexes are detected as cationized or protonated molecules, arising from the intact desorption or from recombination within the laser generated microplasma. The results obtained sustain the interpretation from other techniques concerning the nature of the cation-ligand association and the proton exchange of the cryptand for acidic Cu2+-ions.

Key words

Macrocyclic complexes laser microprobe mass spectrometry (LMMS) LAMMA 500 phyllosilicates crown ethers cryptands intercalation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Casal
    • 1
  • E. Ruiz-Hitzky
    • 1
  • L. Van Vaeck
    • 2
  • F. C. Adams
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Fisico-Quimica MineralConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (C.S.I.C.)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Micro and Trace Analysis Center (MITAC)University of Antwerp (UIA)WilrijkBelgium

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