Linked scanning of a tandem sector mass spectrometer has been used to identify abundant, first field free region (FFR1) unimolecular fragmentations in branched and isoprenoid hydrocarbons. The most intense, structure-specific reactions were selected to establish multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) parameters for GC/MS analysis. This methodology has been used to study the identity of co-eluting and closely eluting hydrocarbon biomarkers from modern and ancient sediments anand from extant micro-organisms. Some sediments of Cambrian and Proterozoic age have been found to contain suites of monomethylalkanes with all possible isomers present and with little apparent preference for the site of branching.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|
- ancient and modern sediments
- biomarker hydrocarbons
- branched alkanes