Chapter 9. The Mass Spectra of Alkanes

  1. Professor Saul Patai and
  2. Zvi Rappoport
  1. Tino Gäumann

Published Online: 8 AUG 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470034378.ch9

Alkanes and Cycloalkanes (1992)

Alkanes and Cycloalkanes (1992)

How to Cite

Gäumann, T. (1992) The Mass Spectra of Alkanes, in Alkanes and Cycloalkanes (1992) (eds S. Patai and Z. Rappoport), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470034378.ch9

Editor Information

  1. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Author Information

  1. Institute of Physical Chemistry, Federal School of Technology, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2006
  2. Published Print: 25 MAR 1992

Book Series:

  1. PATAI'S Chemistry of Functional Groups

Book Series Editors:

  1. Professor Saul Patai

Series Editor Information

  1. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471924982

Online ISBN: 9780470034378



  • methane—isotope effect;
  • butane—molecular ion structure;
  • methyl cyclohexane—insufficient labelling;
  • alkyl ion mystery;
  • olefinic fragments;
  • C[BOND]C and C[BOND]H bond splits;
  • quasi-equilibrium theory (QET)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Methane—The Isotope Effect

  • Butane—The Structure of the Molecular Ion

  • C7H16—A Model for Higher Homologues

  • Methylcyclohexane—The Danger of Insufficient Labelling

  • Alkyl Ions—A Mystery

  • Olefinic Fragments—What is their Structure?

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References