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Environmental Chemistry Letters

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 70–73 | Cite as

Dynamic behaviour of 1-aminopropan-2-one in sewage: a preliminary synthetic and spectroscopic study

  • M. F. Fitzsimons
  • S. T. Belt
Original paper

Abstract

A preliminary investigation of the solution phase behaviour of the biomarker compound 1-aminopropan-2-one (APR) using NMR spectroscopy was carried out. This was achieved, in part, by synthesis of APR with13C-enrichment in the methylene position. In this paper, we report that this biomarker undergoes H/D exchange with D2O, probably via an enol intermediate. In addition, use of13C-enriched APR enabled its detection by13C NMR spectroscopy at environmentally relevant concentrations.

Keywords

1-aminopropan-2-one NMR spectroscopy Isotope Ketone Enol Biomarker Synthesis 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the Royal Society of Chemistry for a research grant and Andrew Tonkin (University of Plymouth) for the synthesis of 13C-APR.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group, School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental SciencesUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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