LDI and ESI MS as well as low energy CID of a self-assembling nanorod-forming fullerene derivative

J Mass Spectrom. 2011 Nov;46(11):1108-14. doi: 10.1002/jms.1996.


An amphiphatic fullerene derivative (8-(N-Methyl-Fullero-Pyrrolidinium-1-yl-chloride)-3,6-Dioxaoctan-1-Ammonium Chloride (MFPDAC)), which is of great interest in nanotechnology due to the fact that it forms self-assembling fullerenic nanorods, has been structurally characterized with emphasis to its purity and thermal treatment of a formed nanorod film (on a LDI target) by means of laser desorption/ionization (LDI) coupled with high-resolution curved field reflectron time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry, and by low energy MS/MS as well as in-source fragmentation experiments applying an quadrupole ion trap (QIT) combined with a two-stage reflectron TOF analyzer. The interpretation of LDI results has been supplemented by ESI QIT MS(n) (n = 1-3), as well as high-resolution ESI reflectron TOF mass spectrometric experiments. Based on the experimental data obtained by both desorption/ionization techniques, various types of analyzers and sample treatments, we could completely characterize MFPDAC and further found out that the investigated sample was not entirely free of impurities. Furthermore, the envisaged loss of the derivative sidechain upon the heat treatment in vacuum of the self-assembled nanorod sample film on a metallic substrate could be successfully monitored by LDI MS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Fullerenes / chemistry*
  • Nanotubes / chemistry*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization / methods*
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization / methods*
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry


  • Fullerenes