Compositional and structural investigation of HCN polymer through high resolution mass spectrometry

Jean Yves Bonnet, Roland Thissen, Maëliss Frisari, Véronique Vuitton, Éric Quirico, François Régis Orthous-Daunay, Odile Dutuit, Léna Le Roy, Nicolas Fray, Hervé Cottin, Sarah M. Hörst, Roger Yelle

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Abstract

Nitrogen rich compounds are found in numerous planetary environments such as planetary atmospheres, meteorites and comets. To better understand the structure and composition of this natural organic material, laboratory analogs have been studied. Though HCN polymers have been studied since the beginning of the 19th century, their structure and composition are still poorly understood. In this work we report the first extended high resolution mass spectrometry study of HCN polymers. The mass spectra of the polymer contain hundreds of peaks to which we try to assign an elemental composition. Elemental analysis has been used to constrain the molecular formulae and isotopic signatures have also been used to confirm them. The large quantity of amine functions observed with both infrared (IR) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry indicates that amine groups are present in most chains found in HCN polymer. Collision induced dissociation (CID) tandem (MSn) measurements were also performed on eight molecular ions and aromatic rings have been identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-203
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Volume354-355
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Mass spectrometry
Polymers
mass spectroscopy
high resolution
polymers
Chemical analysis
Amines
amines
planetary environments
Meteorites
nitrogen compounds
planetary atmospheres
meteorites
organic materials
comets
molecular ions
mass spectra
Infrared spectroscopy
Nitrogen
infrared spectroscopy

Keywords

  • Composition
  • HCN polymers
  • Mass spectrometry
  • MS/MS
  • Structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Instrumentation

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Compositional and structural investigation of HCN polymer through high resolution mass spectrometry. / Bonnet, Jean Yves; Thissen, Roland; Frisari, Maëliss; Vuitton, Véronique; Quirico, Éric; Orthous-Daunay, François Régis; Dutuit, Odile; Le Roy, Léna; Fray, Nicolas; Cottin, Hervé; Hörst, Sarah M.; Yelle, Roger.

In: International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Vol. 354-355, 2013, p. 193-203.

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Bonnet, JY, Thissen, R, Frisari, M, Vuitton, V, Quirico, É, Orthous-Daunay, FR, Dutuit, O, Le Roy, L, Fray, N, Cottin, H, Hörst, SM & Yelle, R 2013, 'Compositional and structural investigation of HCN polymer through high resolution mass spectrometry', International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 354-355, pp. 193-203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijms.2013.06.015
Bonnet, Jean Yves ; Thissen, Roland ; Frisari, Maëliss ; Vuitton, Véronique ; Quirico, Éric ; Orthous-Daunay, François Régis ; Dutuit, Odile ; Le Roy, Léna ; Fray, Nicolas ; Cottin, Hervé ; Hörst, Sarah M. ; Yelle, Roger. / Compositional and structural investigation of HCN polymer through high resolution mass spectrometry. In: International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 2013 ; Vol. 354-355. pp. 193-203.
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