We've updated our Privacy Policy to make it clearer how we use your personal data.

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. You can read our Cookie Policy here.

Advertisement
Rectangle Image
Poster

Leveraging CI-H Mass Defect Plots for the Identification of Halogenated Organic Contaminants

Rectangle Image
Poster

Leveraging CI-H Mass Defect Plots for the Identification of Halogenated Organic Contaminants

Time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) is unsurpassed for non-target analysis because full range mass spectra are acquired simultaneously with minimal mass bias at acquisition rates suitable for narrow gas chromatographic peaks. This provides a number of advantages, including the possibility of deconvolving chromatographic interferences using modern software, further enhancing the ability to isolate and identify a greater number of compounds. Mass defect is the difference between the nominal and exact masses of a compound or its fragments. Halogenated compounds have characteristic mass defects and isotope patterns that make them readily distinguishable from most other compound classes.
Mass defect (Cl-H) can be calculated according to the following equations, where the IUPAC mass is the observed mass and the scaling factor for chlorine substituted for hydrogen equals 34/33.960479:
 
Cl-H Scaled Mass = IUPAC Mass × Scaling Factor
 
Cl-H Mass Defect = Cl-H Scaled Mass – Nominal Cl-H Scaled Mass
 
In this study we used non-target analysis in the form of Cl-H mass defect plots, to identify halogenated contaminants in eels (Anguillia rostrata) from Lake Ontario, Canada.
Advertisement