Ion-induced fragmentation of imidazolium ionic liquids: TOF-SIMS study

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An upgraded TOF-SIMS VG Ionex IX23LS was used to study the fragmentation patterns of a series of asymmetric imidazolium ionic liquids [C(n)mim][Tf2N], where n = 2, 4, 6, and 8, under bombardment by Ga+ ions with energies of 10-20 keV. Analysis of positive and negative secondary ion mass spectra showed that fragmentation of cations and anion proceeds via both one- and two-bond cleavage of molecular backbone. In addition, formation of methylene adducts [C(n)mim(CH2)(x)](+), where x = 1-3, and associates containing anion constituents [C(n)mimO](+) and [C(n)mimF](+) was revealed. Lengthening of alkyl chain was found to result in a stronger fragmentation of cations, while the extent of ion-induced fragmentation of anion decreased with an increase of the n-value and with a decrease in the projectile impact energy.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)19-25
JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Issue numberNA
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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