Abstract by Joseph Wilson

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Joseph Wilson

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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David Dearden


The Effects of Neutral Guest in Cucurbit[5]uril Complexes Containing Various Metals on Its CRAFTI Collision Cross Sections


To assess a molecule’s applications it is paramount to know its structure. The tertiary structure  plays a significant role in possible reactions and is difficult to find experimentally. We propose a new method called CRAFTI (cross sectional areas by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance) that calculates collision cross sections by line width measurements in FT-ICR (Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry experiments.

Previous work has shown that CRAFTI measurements at low collision energies yield results smaller than the computed orientationally-averaged projected area cross sections for ions, but the results asymptotically approach the computed value at energies high enough to ensure collision-induced dissociation upon single collisions.

We expect to see the measured relative cross section of both empty and full complex ions converge on the same cross section values at high kinetic energies if the guest is bound internally, and in every case examined so far the values have converged as expected.