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Electrospray tandem mass spectrometry combined with authentic compound synthesis for structural characterization of an octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane plasma polymer

Abstract : Electrospray tandem mass spectrometry was used here to study the soluble part of a thin film prepared by plasma polymerization of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4). Accurate mass measurements and Si-29 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as well as synthesis of authentic compounds used as models to understand the MS/MS behavior of plasma polymers, were combined to structurally investigate oligomers present in this extract. All precursor ions were protonated or ammoniated molecules, known to provide more useful information for dimethylsiloxane (DMS)-based polymers as compared to alkali adducts. Apart from a major compound consisting of two D4 units connected via an oxygen bridge, it was found that the soluble part of this plasma polymer was mainly composed of cyclolinear polysiloxanes, in which cyclic units composed of four DMS were covalently connected by linear DMS segments. As the size of precursor ions increases, discrepancies observed between MS/MS data of synthesized molecules and of plasma oligomers would reveal the presence of branched isomers in the soluble part of the film, consistently with the expected propensity of the plasma polymerization process to favor random branching. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Thierry Fouquet, Julien Petersen, Joao A. S. Bomfim, Jerôme Bour, Fabio Ziarelli, et al.. Electrospray tandem mass spectrometry combined with authentic compound synthesis for structural characterization of an octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane plasma polymer. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Elsevier, 2012, 313, pp.58--67. ⟨10.1016/j.ijms.2012.01.007⟩. ⟨hal-01460368⟩

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