Third of Week of Being an Ion Thermochemist

The first week of lab, we did our annual cleaning as well as inventory. The following week, we were taught the different uses for mass spectrometers and their purposes. Emphasis was put on learning the theory behind the applications we undertake. Specifically, in relation to estimating chemical properties of a given compound. This week in lab,  I spent time learning how to find certain reference compounds that could be  a match for a specific analyte. Once I had established a list of possible references, I made dimers of each reference with the analyte in question. Afterwards, we ran the dimer solution through the ion trap mass spectrometer in order to analyze ability of each reference to dimerize with the analyte. I’m hoping to collect a list of viable references for each analyte in question in order to experimentally estimate the analyte’s chemical properties.