Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The methane negative-ion chemical ionization (NCI) mass spectrum of chlorprothixene shows an unusual MH- ion. This ion can be accounted for by electron capture followed by H· transfer from the reagent gas. The most probable site of electron attachment was concluded to be related to the sulfur atom of the thioxanthene ring based on the observation of analogous ions for structurally related compounds, all containing a heterocyclic sulfur. The MH- ion observed with methane as the reagent gas was shifted to MD- when tetradeuteromethane was used in place of methane. The ratio of [M — H]- to MH- did not change with emission current suggesting that the process is independent of the radical concentration in the CI plasma. Consistent with this observation is the lack of CH3· or C2H5· adduct ions in the NCI mass spectrum and the fact that gold-plating the ion source did not decrease the proportion of MH-. Also, this mechanism is consistent with thermochemical considerations of reactions of a phenyl radical with various alkanes and observations of ions formed by methane NCI from model compounds. Therefore, unlike other MH- ions observed in methane NCI mass spectra, the mechanism of formation does not appear to involve a hydrogen radical addition followed by electron capture.
Type of Medium: