Analyzing solid fossil-fuel pitches by a combination of Soxhlet extraction and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry
Online Publication Date2020-05-21
Print Publication Date2020-10
Embargo End Date2022-06-25
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AbstractSolid fossil-fuel derived pitches serve as potential feedstocks for the preparation of high-performance carbons materials, which is, however, hampered by the lack of sound knowledge on the molecular composition and structure of pitches. Soxhlet extraction and ultrahigh-resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT ICR) mass spectrometry were combined to characterize a petroleum pitch and a coal tar pitch, as well as their toluene-soluble and toluene-insoluble fractions. Important information can be gained on the chemical nature of polycyclic aromatic compounds such as pure hydrocarbons and various N-, O- or S-derivatives, as well as the relative abundance of each molecular structure in terms of carbon number vs. hydrogen number. This is the first time that the heteroatom-containing and pure hydrocarbon aromatics were clearly differentiated in such solid pitch samples. The differences among the toluene-soluble fraction, toluene-insoluble fraction, and unfractionated intact sample of both the petroleum pitch and coal tar pitch could be systematically compared at a molecular level. Insight into the molecular structures may provide a rational basis for the use of such carbon-rich materials for the fabrication of nanographenes, organic light-emitting diodes, and carbon fibers.
CitationZhang, W., & Müllen, K. (2020). Analyzing solid fossil-fuel pitches by a combination of Soxhlet extraction and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Carbon, 167, 414–421. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2020.05.039
SponsorsThe authors are grateful to RÜTGERS Basic Aromatics GmbH, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany for supplying the solid pitch samples. This research used resources of the Core Labs of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).