Elucidation of the collision induced dissociation pathways of water and alcohol coordinated complexes containing the uranyl cation

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Van Stipdonk, Michael J.
Anbalagan, Victor
Chien, Winnie
Gresham, Garold L.
Groenewold, Gary S.
Hanna, Dorothy A.

Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 2003 Nov; 14(11): 1205-14.


Multiple-stage tandem mass spectrometry was used to characterize the dissociation pathways for complexes composed of (1) the uranyl ion, (2) nitrate or hydroxide, and (3) water or alcohol. The complex ions were derived from electrospray ionization (ESI) of solutions of uranyl nitrate in H2O or mixtures of H2O and alcohol. In general, collisional induced dissociation (CID) of the uranyl complexes resulted in elimination of coordinating water and alcohol ligands. For undercoordinated complexes containing nitrate and one or two coordinating alcohol molecules, the elimination of nitric acid was observed, leaving an ion pair composed of the uranyl cation and an alkoxide. For complexes with coordinating water molecules, MS(n) led to the generation of either [UO2(2+)OH-] or [UO2(2+)NO3(-)]. Subsequent CID of [UO2(2+)OH-] produced UO2(+). The base peak in the spectrum generated by the dissociation of [UO2(2+)NO3(-)], however, was an H2O adduct to UO2(+). The abundance of the species was greater than expected based on previous experimental measurements of the (slow) hydration rate for UO2(+) when stored in the ion trap. To account for the production of the hydrated product, a reductive elimination reaction involving reactive collisions with water in the ion trap is proposed.

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