Probing interfacial chemistry of single droplets with field-induced droplet ionization mass spectrometry: physical adsorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and ozonolysis of oleic acid and related compounds.

Abstract

The recently developed technique of field-induced droplet ionization (FIDI) is applied to study interfacial chemistry of a single droplet. In a new variation of the FIDI method, 1-2-mm-diameter droplets hang from a capillary and undergo heterogeneous reactions between solution-phase analytes and gas-phase species. Following a specified reaction time, the application of a high electric field induces FIDI in the droplet, generating fine jets of highly charged progeny droplets that are characterized by mass spectrometry. Sampling over a range of delay times following exposure of the droplet to gas-phase reactants, the spectra yield the temporal variation of reactant and product concentrations. We illustrate the technique with three examples: the adsorption of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon naphthalene into a water-methanol droplet, the ozonolysis of oleic acid, and localization of the carbon-carbon double bond within a lysophosphatidic acid. Gas-phase naphthalene reacts with 80% methanol-20% water droplets containing 100 microM silver nitrate. Positive ion mass spectra show increasing concentrations of silver ion-naphthalene adducts as exposure times increase. To examine the ozonolysis of organic molecules, gas-phase ozone generated by a mercury pencil-style lamp reacts with either 10 microM oleic acid or 100 microM oleoyl-L-alpha-lysophosphatidic acid (LPA; 18:1). Negative ion spectra from the ozonolysis of oleic acid show azelaic acid and 9-oxononanoic acid as the principle reaction products. Ozonolysis products from LPA (18:1) unambiguously demonstrate the double bond position in the original phospholipid.

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@article{Grimm2006ProbingIC, title={Probing interfacial chemistry of single droplets with field-induced droplet ionization mass spectrometry: physical adsorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and ozonolysis of oleic acid and related compounds.}, author={Ronald L Grimm and Robert P Hodyss and Jesse L Beauchamp}, journal={Analytical chemistry}, year={2006}, volume={78 11}, pages={3800-6} }