How well can we predict cluster fragmentation inside a mass spectrometer?

Monica Passananti, Evgeni Zapadinsky, Tommaso Zanca, Juha Kangasluoma, Nanna Myllys, Matti P. Rissanen, Theo Kurtén, Mikael Ehn, Michel Attoui, Hanna Vehkamäki

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Fragmentation of molecular clusters inside mass spectrometers is a significant source of uncertainty in a wide range of chemical applications. We have measured the fragmentation of sulfuric acid clusters driving atmospheric new-particle formation, and developed a novel model, based on first principles calculations, capable of quantitatively predicting the extent of fragmentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5946-5949
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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