Electrospray ionization mass spectrometric analysis of aqueous polysulfide solutions

Jenny Gun, Alexander D. Modestov, Alexey Kamyshny, Dan Ryzkov, Vitaly Gitis, Anatoly Goifman, Ovadia Lev*, Veit Hultsch, Thomas Grischek, Eckhard Worch

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The speciation of polysulfides in aqueous solutions was investigated by electrospray - ion trap and electrospray - time of flight mass spectrometry. The pH dependence of the observed total dissolved polysulfides' concentration followed the trend calculated based on reported thermodynamic constants. However, the observed species' distributions were substantially different from those calculated based on thermodynamic coefficients derived by UV spectroscopy. Notably, large abundances of heptasulfide, octasulfide and nonasulfide species were observed throughout the pH range 6 to 11. The large molecular weight anions had not been reported before in aqueous solutions although indirect evidence had suggested their existence.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalMicrochimica Acta
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • CID
  • Collision-induced dissociation
  • ESI-MS
  • Hydropolysulfides
  • Polysulfides


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