Environmental Chemistry Letters

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 189–192 | Cite as

Structural confirmation of the sea ice biomarker IP25 found in Arctic marine sediments

  • Simon T. BeltEmail author
  • Thomas A. Brown
  • Patricia Cabedo Sanz
  • Alba Navarro Rodriguez
Original Paper


IP25 is a highly branched isoprenoid and an organic geochemical biomarker that is produced by some Arctic sea ice diatoms. IP25 has previously been used in Arctic palaeo sea ice reconstruction studies and as a tracer for studying Arctic food webs. Here, the molecular structure of IP25 has been confirmed by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy following large-scale extraction from marine sediments obtained from the Canadian Arctic and purification using a combination of open-column and HPLC chromatographic methods. The structure of IP25 was consistent between the three different sampling locations and was identical to that found previously for this biomarker following synthesis from a closely related highly branched isoprenoid diene. Since this study represents the first structural characterisation of IP25 in sediments, future analysis of sedimentary IP25 for palaeo Arctic sea ice reconstructions can be carried out with much greater confidence.


Sea ice Biomarker Arctic Proxy NMR IP25 



This work was supported by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), UK (NE/D013216/1), and is also a contribution to the CASE Initial Training Network funded by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme FP7 2007/2013, Marie-Curie Actions, under Grant Agreement No. 238111. We are grateful to the officers and crew of the CCGS Amundsen and to André Rochon (ISMER-UQUR) and co-workers for their invaluable support in obtaining sediments during the ArcticNet (2005) cruise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon T. Belt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas A. Brown
    • 1
  • Patricia Cabedo Sanz
    • 1
  • Alba Navarro Rodriguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Biogeochemistry Research Centre, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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