Electron capture ionization

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Electron capture ionization is the ionization of a gas phase atom or molecule by attachment of an electron to create an ion of the form A–•. The reaction is

A + e^- \overset{M}{\to}  A^-

where the M over the arrow denotes that to conserve energy and momentum a third body is required (the molecularity of the reaction is three).

Electron capture can be used in conjunction with chemical ionization.[1]

An electron capture detector is used in some gas chromatography systems.[2]

See also[edit]

Electron capture dissociation


  1. ^ Donald F. Hunt; Frank W. Crow (1978), "Electron capture negative ion chemical ionization mass spectrometry", Analytical Chemistry 50 (13): 1781, doi:10.1021/ac50035a017 
  2. ^ IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version:  (2006–) "electron capture detector (in gas chromatography)".