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Title: Gas-Phase Fragmentation Pathways of Mixed-Addenda Keggin Anions: PMo12-nWnO403- (n = 0-12)

We report a collision-induced dissociation (CID) investigation of the mixed addenda polyoxometalate (POM) anions, PMo12-nWnO403- (n = 0-12). The anions were generated in solution using a straightforward single-step synthesis approach and introduced into the gas phase by electrospray ionization (ESI). Distinct differences in fragmentation patterns were observed for the range of mixed POMs examined in this study. CID of molybdenum-rich anions, PMo12- nWnO403- (n = 0-2), generates an abundant doubly charged fragment containing seven metal atoms (M) and twenty-two oxygen atoms (M7O222-) and its complementary singly charged PM5O18- ion, while the Lindqvist anion, (M6O192-) and its complementary PM6O21- ion are the dominant fragments of Keggin POMs containing more than two tungsten atoms, PMo12-nWnO403- (n = 3-12). The observed transition in the dissociation pathways with an increase in the number of W atoms may be attributed to the higher stability of tungsten-rich anions towards isomerization. We find that the observed distribution of Mo and W atoms in the major M6O192- and M7O222- fragment ions is different from that predicted by a random distribution indicating substantial segregation of the addenda metal atoms in the POMs. Electron detachment from the triply charged precursor anion resulting in formation of doubly charged anions is observed.more » This is a dominant dissociation pathway for mixed POMs having a majority (8-11) of W atoms and a minor channel for other precursors indicating a close competition between fragmentation and electron detachment pathways of POM anions.« less
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44660; KC0302020
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Journal Name: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 26(6):1027-1035
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
collision-induced dissociation; anions; Keggin; polyoxometalate; Lindqvist; 13 isomerization; electron detachment; electrospray ionization; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory