, Volume 364, Issue 3, pp 215-218

Elucidation of aquatic humic partial structures by multistage ultrafiltration and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry

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Two-dimensional heteronuclear multiple quantum coherence (HMQC) 1H-NMR was successfully applied to structural investigations of aquatic humic substance (HS) fractions obtained from multistage ultrafiltration (MST-UF) of a selected bog water HS (HO13-XAD8, German Research Program DFG-ROSIG). Details of the HMQC 1H-NMR novel in HS characterization are presented. The results of the combined procedure point out that structural units in isolated HS can be enriched in different mass fractions, for instance fatty acids in the fraction <1kDa, amino acids in the 10–50 kDa fraction and methyl groups attached to quaternary carbon atoms in the high molecular mass fraction >50 kDa.

Received: 23 October 1998 / Revised: 22 December 1998 / Accepted: 24 December 1998