[en] mass spectrometry ; internal energy ; ion mobility
[en] Traveling wave ion mobility spectrometers (TW IMS) operate at significantly higher fields than drift tube ion mobility spectrometers. Here we measured the fragmentation of the fragile p-methoxybenzylpyridinium ion inside the TW ion mobility cell of the first-generation SYNAPT HDMS spectrometer. The ion’s vibrational internal energy was quantified by a vibrational effective temperature Teff,vib, which is the mean temperature of the ions inside the cell that would result in the same fragmentation yield as observed experimentally. Significant fragmentation of the probe ion inside the TW IMS cell was detected, indicating that field heating of the ions takes place in TW IMS. For typical small molecule IMS conditions, Teff,vib = 555 ± 2 K. The variations of the effective temperature were studied as a function of the IMS parameters, and we found that Teff,vib decreases when the wave height decreases, when the pressure increases, or when the wave speed increases. The energy transfer efficiency of argon is higher than for He, N2 or CO2. Teff,vib being directly related to the ion speed inside the TW IMS, our results also provide new insight on the ion movement in TW IMS. We also discuss the influence of field heating of ions for calibration and structural studies in TW IMS.
Giga-Systems Biology and Chemical Biology ; Département de Chimie
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS