Delineation of Isomers by the 13C Shifts in Ion Mobility Spectra
Baird, Matthew A.
Shvartsburg, Alexandre A.
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Pratima Pathak, Anastasia Sarycheva, Matthew A. Baird, and Alexandre A. Shvartsburg. 2020. Delineation of Isomers by the 13C Shifts in Ion Mobility Spectra. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Article ASAP
Mass spectrometry (MS) and isotopes were intertwined for a century, with stable isotopes central to many MS identification and quantification protocols. In contrast, the analytical separations including ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) largely ignored isotopes, partly because of insufficient resolution. We recently delineated various halogenated aniline isomers by structurally specific splitting in FAIMS spectra. While this capability hinges on the 13C shifts, all preceding studies leveraged 37Cl or 81Br to enhance the differentiation. However, such abundant heavy isotopes are absent from typical organic compounds. With single I isotope, iodinated organics generate similar isotopic envelopes dominated by the 13C atoms. Here, we distinguish the three monoiodoaniline isomers based on the shifts solely for one or two 13C atoms. The differentiation may be somewhat improved using multipoint peak position descriptions for more reproducible shifts. The interisomer order of shifts differs from those for chlorinated or brominated analogues, showcasing the specificity of approach. We also investigated the mass scaling of isotopic shifts, encountering divergent trends for different structural families.
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