OCR AS Chemistry F331: Mass Spectrometry

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Mass Spectrometry
Mass spectrometry is used to measure the atomic or molecular mass of different particles in a
The analysis takes place using a mass spectrometer.
Mass spectrometry can be used to identify the mass and relative abundance of different
isotopes in an element such as the two isotopes of Chlorine, Chlorine-37 and Chlorine-35
The mass spectrometer can also be used to investigate the structure of molecular
Time-of- Flight Mass Spectrometer
Conditions for mass spectrometer:
- Low pressure so that sample particles do not collide with other particles
- Must be a gas
- Sample molecules must be charged so that they are positively charged ions

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How a mass spectrometer works
Inlet valve Sample is introduced via a sample inlet
Most liquids vaporise at the low pressure in the machine but solids need to
be heated on special probes
The sample is turned into a gas
Ionisation area A heated filament produces high-energy electrons.
These electrons bombard any atoms or molecules in the sample and knock
electrons out.
Cations are formed. Charged ions are easier to manipulate than neutral
molecules.…read more

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Using Mass Spectra to Calculate Relative Atomic Mass and Relative Isotopic
The mass spectrum of Boron
X-axis: shows the mass: charge ratio (m/z)
of each ion detected
Y-axis: intensity (%)
How to calculate the relative atomic mass
1. For each peak, read the % relative isotopic abundance from the y-axis and the relative
isotopic mass from the x-axis.
Multiply them together to get the total mass for each isotope.
2. Add up these totals
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