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Mass Spectra:

A Basic Approach

Second Edition
by R. Martin Smith

An updated and unified approach to mass spectral interpretation, emphasizing the application of basic principles!

Understanding Mass Spectra: A Basic Approach presents the introductory-level student with the fundamental concepts of mass spectrometry, providing a useful foundation for solving basic problems in a laboratory setting.

Completely revised, the Second Edition includes:

  • A detailed overview of theory and instrumentation
  • Step-by-step descriptions of interpretative strategies
  • Many fascinating real-world case studies and examples
  • Additional skill-building problems with clearly explained answers
  • Easy-to-follow explanations of all important mathematical derivations
  • Convenient lists and tables of information needed to identify unknowns
  • Additional suggested readings

Containing problems and examples with a wide range of complexity, Understanding Mass Spectra emphasizes simple, practical treatments of topics such as fragmentation types and underlying mathematical relationships. Mastering these treatments allows for a solid grounding in basic principles and encourages advanced investigation. With this emphasis on comprehension, it provides a vital introduction to the field for upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduates, as well as a valuable resource for professional chemists working in analytical laboratories.


Abbreviations and Notations Used in This Book

  1. Instrumentation
    • Introduction
    • Ionization Source
    • m/z Analysis
    • Ion Detection
    • Data System
    • Criteria for Good-Quality Spectra

  2. Elemental Composition from Peak Intensities
    • Natural Isotopic Abundances
    • Determining Elemental Composition from Isotope
    • Obtaining Elemental Compositions from Isotope Peak Intensities

  3. Ionization, Fragmentation, and Electron Accounting
    • A Brief Review of Orbitals and Bonding
    • Even- and Odd- Electron Species
    • Site of Initial Ionization
    • Types of Fragmentation
    • The Nitrogen Rule
    • Energy Considerations in Fragmentation Processes

  4. Neutral Losses and Ion Series
    • Neutral Losses
    • Low-Mass Ion Series

  5. A Rational Approach to Mass Spectral Problem Solving
    • Guidelines for Solving Mass Spectral Problems

  6. β-Cleavage and Related Fragmentations
    • Introduction
    • Benzylic Cleavage
    • Cleavage Next to Aliphatic Nitrogen
    • Cleavages of Aliphatic Oxygenated Compounds
    • Elimination Fragmentations in Oxygen and Nitrogen Compounds

  7. Important Mass Spectral Rearrangements
    • Introduction
    • y-Hydrogen Rearrangement
    • Cyclohexanone-Type Rearrangement
    • Retro Diels-Alder Fragmentation
    • Double-Hydrogen (McLafferty + 1) Rearrangement

  8. Rationalizing Mass Spectral Fragmentations
    • General Guidelines
    • Loss of Small Molecules
    • Ephedrine
    • Ortho Effect: The Hydroxybenzoic Acids

  9. Structure Determination in Complex Molecules Using Mass Spectrometry
    • Introduction
    • "Designer Drugs" Related to MDA
    • Phencyclidine and Its Analogs
    • A Practical Problem

  10. Answers to Problems


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