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Phenol-selective mass spectrometric analysis of jet fuel

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Bromobenzyl compounds react selectively with phenols via the Williamson ether synthesis. An imidazolium charge-tagged bromobenzyl compound can be used to reveal phenol impurities in jet fuel by analysis via electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The complex matrix as revealed by Cold EI GC/MS analysis is reduced to a few simple sets of compounds in the charge-tagged ESI mass spectrum, primarily substituted phenols and thiols. Examination of jet fuels treated by different refinery methods reveals the efficacy of these approaches in removing these contaminants.

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The article was received on 01 Jun 2017, accepted on 14 Jul 2017 and first published on 26 Jul 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7AN00908A
Citation: Analyst, 2017,142, 3278-3284
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    Phenol-selective mass spectrometric analysis of jet fuel

    H. Zhu, E. Janusson, J. Luo, J. Piers, F. Islam, G. B. McGarvey, A. G. Oliver, O. Granot and J. S. McIndoe, Analyst, 2017, 142, 3278
    DOI: 10.1039/C7AN00908A

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