Structural Characterization of Methylenedianiline Regioisomers by Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry and Tandem Mass Spectrometry. 4. 3-Ring and 4-Ring Isomers.

Crescentini TM, Stow SM, Forsythe JG, May JC, McLean JA, Hercules DM
Anal Chem. 2018 90 (24): 14453-14461

PMID: 30479133 · PMCID: PMC6324837 · DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.8b04103

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) is used to characterize methylenedianiline (MDA) 3-ring and 4-ring species. Building on our previous MALDI-MS 2-ring MDA isomer study, here we compare 3-ring and 4-ring electrospray ionization (ESI) and MALDI results. In ESI, 3-ring and 4-ring MDAs each form a single [M + H] parent ion. However, in MALDI, each MDA multimer forms three unique precursor ions: [M + H], [M], and [M - H]. In this study, 3-ring and 4-ring MDA precursors are characterized to identify the unique fragment ions formed and their respective fragmentation pathways. In addition to the three possible precursors, the 3-ring and 4-ring species are higher-order oligomer precursors in polyurethane (PUR) production and thus provide additional insight into the polymeric behavior of these PUR hard block precursors. The combination of ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM - MS) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) allow the structural characterization of these larger MDA multimers.

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Aniline Compounds Ion Mobility Spectrometry Stereoisomerism Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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