Electrospray-Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry: pH-Dependence of Phosphotungstate Species

Authors: Easterly, C. Elliott; Hercules, David M.; Houalla, Marwan

Source: Applied Spectroscopy, Volume 55, Issue 12, Pages 388A-408A and 1573-1733 (December 2001) , pp. 1665-1670(6)

Publisher: Society for Applied Spectroscopy

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Abstract:

Electrospray-ionization (ESI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry has been used to investigate the pH-dependent behavior of phosphotungstates in solution from pH = 2.7 to 8.0. Mass spectra are reported for the first time for H3PW11O39 4-, H4PW11O39 3-, and H5PW11O39 2-. The pH dependence of phosphotungstate species as measured by electrospray is compared with that measured by 31P NMR. The pH ranges of species are similar (±1 pH unit) when measured by these two methods. Protonation and solvation of phosphotungstate species measured by ESI differ from those observed by 31P NMR. However, the core phosphotungstate species are measured correctly by ESI.

Keywords: ELECTROSPRAY; MASS SPECTROMETRY; PHOSPHOTUNGSTATES; SPECIATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702011953982

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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