Tandem mass spectrometry has been applied to differentiate three sets of o-, m- and p-methyl, -methoxy and -nitro-substituted-6-phenyl-dibenzo(d,f)(1,3)dioxepines. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) experiments have been carried out on 2-phenylbenzo[b]furan fragment ions, which originate from the decomposition of the molecular ions after their EI-induced isomerization to spirocyclic structures. With the exception of m- and p-methylphenylbenzo[b]furan isomers, which display identical CID mass spectra, the three isomeric methoxy- and nitrophenylbenzo[b]furan fragment ions display very characteristic CID behavior which allows unequivocal differentiation of the 6-phenyl-dibenzo(d,f)(1,3)dioxepine isomers. 6-(o-nitrophenyl)-dibenzo(d,f)(1,3)dioxepine isomer, does not form a 2-(o-nitrophenyl)benzo[b]furan ion and, therefore, it can be differentiated from the m- and p- isomers based on the mere EI mass spectra. Furthermore, it shows a characteristic ion most likely due to an ortho effect between the nitro group and the dioxepine ring. Multiple stage mass spectrometric techniques (MSn), labeled derivatives and reference compounds were used in order to gain additional information on the structures of product ion from the CID fragmentation.

Formation of 2-substituted benzofuran fragment ions from 6-alkyl- and 6-aryldibenzo(d,f)(1,3)dioxepine derivatives under electron ionization-a useful precursor ion for isomeric differentiation.

BEGALA, MICHELA;TOCCO, GRAZIELLA;
2009

Abstract

Tandem mass spectrometry has been applied to differentiate three sets of o-, m- and p-methyl, -methoxy and -nitro-substituted-6-phenyl-dibenzo(d,f)(1,3)dioxepines. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) experiments have been carried out on 2-phenylbenzo[b]furan fragment ions, which originate from the decomposition of the molecular ions after their EI-induced isomerization to spirocyclic structures. With the exception of m- and p-methylphenylbenzo[b]furan isomers, which display identical CID mass spectra, the three isomeric methoxy- and nitrophenylbenzo[b]furan fragment ions display very characteristic CID behavior which allows unequivocal differentiation of the 6-phenyl-dibenzo(d,f)(1,3)dioxepine isomers. 6-(o-nitrophenyl)-dibenzo(d,f)(1,3)dioxepine isomer, does not form a 2-(o-nitrophenyl)benzo[b]furan ion and, therefore, it can be differentiated from the m- and p- isomers based on the mere EI mass spectra. Furthermore, it shows a characteristic ion most likely due to an ortho effect between the nitro group and the dioxepine ring. Multiple stage mass spectrometric techniques (MSn), labeled derivatives and reference compounds were used in order to gain additional information on the structures of product ion from the CID fragmentation.
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