Investigation into accurate mass capability of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, with respect to radical ion species

  • Mark F. Wyatt
  • Bridget K. Stein
  • A. Gareth Brenton
Application Note


Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS) has been shown to be an effective technique for the characterization of organometallic, coordination, and highly conjugated compounds. The preferred matrix is 2-[(2E)-3-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-2-methylprop-2-enylidene]malononitrile (DCTB), with radical ions observed. However, MALDI-TOFMS is generally not favored for accurate mass measurement. A specific method had to be developed for such compounds to assure the quality of our accurate mass results. Therefore, in this preliminary study, two methods of data acquisition, and both even-electron (EE+) ion and odd-electron (OE+·) radical ion mass calibration standards, have been investigated to establish the basic measurement technique. The benefit of this technique is demonstrated for a copper compound for which ions were observed by MALDI, but not by electrospray (ESI) or liquid secondary ion mass spectrometry (LSIMS); a mean mass accuracy error of −1.2 ppm was obtained.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark F. Wyatt
    • 1
  • Bridget K. Stein
    • 1
  • A. Gareth Brenton
    • 1
  1. 1.EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Service Center (NMSSC), Department of ChemistryUniversity of Wales SwanseaSwanseaUK

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