Extraction and Analysis of Organic Cations from Acid Solution with Strong Electric Fields and Mass Spectrometry

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Science  13 Apr 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4389, pp. 198-200
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4389.198


High electric fields have been used to extract organic cations from solutions of small organic molecules in polyphosphoric acid. The cations have been analyzed by mass spectrometry. Production of ions by this method is shown to be related to ease of protonation by acid rather than to ionization potential.