Thermal production and reactions of organic ions at atmospheric pressure

Hao Chen, Zheng Ouyang, R. Graham Cooks

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(Figure Presented) The heat is on: Thermal ionization of a variety of organic salts including ionic liquids and transition-metal salts occurs at atmospheric pressure. This thermal method allows for the study of ion-molecule reactions; for example, the fast selective desorption and derivatization of D-lysine occurs when thermally generated pyrylium ions react with solid lysine under ambient conditions (see picture).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3656-3660
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number22
StatePublished - May 26 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


  • Analytical methods
  • Ion-molecule reactions
  • Ionic liquids
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Thermal desorption


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