Week 6 Update

At the end of last week, the Ionlab has temporarily put a pause on further data acquisition for my original extended kinetic method project.  One of the results of working in a lab that relies so heavily on instrumentation is that one instrument, in this case, the triple quad, is used for more than one project.

For many years, various members of the Ionlab have been determining the proton affinities of various compounds using two different instruments, the ion trap mass spectrometer and the Flowing Afterglow.  The last leg of the overarching project required carrying out these same experiments with the triple quadrupole to validate the values that we were producing.

Six analytes with three different types functional groups were first experimented on when the project got started; alcohol amines, diamines, and diols.  An alcohol amine is a compound whose base is an alkane backbone with hydroxy (-OH) and amine (-NH2) terminal groups.  An alkane backbone with 2 and 3 Carbon atoms are the two alcohol amine compounds used as analytes.  The same method for determining analytes were used for diamines, a compound with two amine terminals, and diols, a compound with two hydroxy terminal groups.

In addition, each analytes were experimented on with  a specific set of references.  To maintain the consistency of the project, the same references had to be used with each analyte.  For the first summer session, I was carrying out extended kinetic method experiments on three analytes: 1,3-propanediol, ethanolamine, and ethylenediamine.  The data has been collected and I will be working up the data, in addition to another project, for the remainder of the summer.