GC-TOFMS Application: Additive analysis in lubricating oil by FD method using JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha

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MSTips No. 356


JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha provides advanced analysis results with high throughput by high-resolution TOFMS, multi-ionization mode, and automatic analysis software msFineAnalysis. In MSTips No. 355, the effectiveness of the FD method in additive analysis was shown using an analysis example of bromine flame retardant in polypropylene products. In this report, we introduce an analysis example of molybdenum dithiocarbamate (MoDTC), which is a friction reducing agent for lubricating oil.


Table 1 shows the details of the measurement conditions in this experiment. Two commercially available engine oil additives were used as samples. Sample A is 100% MoDTC, and Sample B is a product containing MoDTC.

Table 1. Measurement conditions

Sample Engine oil additive (Sample A: 100% MoDTC, Sample B: contains MoDTC)
Preprocessing Dilute 1 mg sample with 1mL chloroform
MS JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha (JEOL)
Ion source EI/FI/FD combination ion source
Ionization FD method, Cathode voltage -10 kV, Emitter current 0 → 51.2 mA / min → 40 mA
Mass range m/z 50 to 1,600


From sample A, three types of MoDTC peaks with different numbers of CH were observed. From sample B, these MoDTC peaks and peaks of hydrocarbon compounds derived from the base oil were observed.

Fig. 1

Figure 1. TIC chromatograms and mass spectra by FD method

Figure 2 shows the measured and simulated spectra of C44H88N2O2S6Mo2. The mass error in the monoisotopic ion (about 2mDa) and the isotope pattern matching were good.

Fig. 2

Figure 2. Mass spectra of MoDTC (C44H88N2O2S6Mo2)

Figure 3 shows the KMD plot of sample B created by msRepeatFinder. By using the KMD plot, it is possible to visualize and confirm the peaks of hydrocarbon compounds and MoDTC.

Fig. 3

Figure 3. Mass Spectrum and KMD plot of Sample B


The FD method of JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha can easily detect high mass components such as MoDTC. Since the FD method does not have chromatogram separation, weak peak may be overlooked in the mixture sample, but it can be visualized and confirmed by using the KMD plot of msRepeatFinder.

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