Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Fragmentation pathways of the synthetic pyrethroid cypermethrin and four structurally related insecticides were investigated using a tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer incorporating a hexapole collision cell under positive-ion electron impact ionization conditions. Conventional mass spectrometry using the first quadrupole analyser only and tandem mass spectrometry on selected precursor ions and product ions, and also constant neutral loss scan experiments, were used. Mechanisms and fragmentation pathways are proposed to explain the inherent stability of ions associated with the benzylphenoxy portion of this class of insecticide.
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