Ján Žabka

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The natural flavonoid compounds quercetin (3,3',4',5,7-pentahydroxyflavone) and luteolin (3',4',5,7-tetrahydroxyflavone) are important bioactive compounds with antioxidative, anti-allergic, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, both are unstable when exposed to atmospheric oxygen, which causes degradation and complicates their analytical(More)
Electrospray ionization of dilute aqueous solutions of copper(II) chloride-containing traces of pyridine (py) as well as ammonia permits the generation of the gaseous ions (py)(2) Cu(+) and (py)(2) CuCl(+) , of which the latter is a formal copper(II) compound, whereas the former contains copper(I). Collision-induced dissociation of the mass-selected ions in(More)
Mono- and binuclear complexes of N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) with chlorides of the divalent, late 3d metals M = Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn are investigated by means of electrospray ionization (ESI). Specifically, ESI leads to monocations of the type [(DMF)(n)MCl](+) and [(DMF)(n)M(2)Cl(3)](+), of which the species with n = 2 and 3 were selected for in-depth(More)
The bimolecular reactivity of xenon with C(7)H(n)(2+) dications (n=6-8), generated by double ionization of toluene using both electrons and synchrotron radiation, is studied by means of a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer. Under these experimental conditions, the formation of the organoxenon dications C(7)H(6)Xe(2+) and C(7)H(7)Xe(2+) is observed to occur(More)
Even in the highly diluted gas phase, rather than electron transfer the benzene dication C(6)H(6)(2+) undergoes association with dinitrogen to form a transient C(6)H(6)N(2)(2+) dication which is best described as a ring-protonated phenyl diazonium ion. Isotopic labeling studies, photoionization experiments using synchrotron radiation, and quantum chemical(More)
This study explains the controversies in the literature concerning the number of electrons involved in the oxidation of quercetin. This stems from inappropriate handling samples, which require strict anaerobic conditions. The redox potential of quercetin strongly depends on the pH and on the presence of dissociation forms in solution.
Threshold photoelectron spectra (TPES) of the isotopomers of the methyl radical (CH(3), CH(2)D, CHD(2), and CD(3)) have been recorded in the 9.5-10.5 eV VUV photon energy range using third generation synchrotron radiation to investigate the vibrational spectroscopy of the corresponding cations at a 7-11 meV resolution. A threshold photoelectron-photoion(More)
Surface-induced interactions of the projectile ion C(2)D(4)(+) with room-temperature (hydrocarbon covered) stainless steel, carbon highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), and two different types of diamond surfaces (O-terminated and H-terminated) were investigated over the range of incident energies from a few eV up to 50 eV. The relative abundance of(More)
Collisions of C3Hn+ (n = 2-8) ions and some of their per- deuterated analogs with room temperature carbon (HOPG) surfaces (hydrocarbon-covered) were investigated over the incident energy range 13-45 eV in beam scattering experiments. The mass spectra of product ions were measured and main fragmentation paths of the incident projectile ions, energized in the(More)
The reaction of ethyl cation with benzene has been investigated in a combined experimental and theoretical approach. Under single collision conditions, proton transfer affording protonated benzene concomitant with neutral ethene represents the major reaction channel. From pressure-dependent measurements, an absolute cross section of 7 +/- 2 A(2) at(More)