Elucidation Of Chemical Composition Of Humic And Fulvic Acids Using 15T-Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FTICRMS) | 5992
ISSN: 2155-9872

Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques
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Elucidation of chemical composition of humic and fulvic acids using 15T-Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FTICRMS)

2nd International Conference on Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques

Yoon-Seok Chang and Min-hui Son

Accepted Abstracts: J Anal Bioanal Techniques

DOI: 10.4172/2155-9872.S1.05

Full structural characterization of complex mixtures such as humic and fulvic acids has been elusive so far because of their enormous complexity and conventional structural methodologies (i.e., limit of interpretation due to the low resolving powers). To investigate the chemical structure and characteristic of complex natural organic matter, Suwannee river humic acid (SRHA) and fulvic acid (SRFA) standards were analyzed. In this study, negative-mode electrospray ionization (ESI) coupled with a 15T-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) having ultra-high resolution was applied for elucidation of natural complex mixtures. Multiply charged ions, ionization suppression, and sample fragmentation have been suggested as sources of this low molecular weight bias. In order to compare the ionization of natural complex polymer, lignin purchased from Sigma-Aldrich was analyzed as well. Scan spectra of the high-molecular-weight (HMW) fraction of humic, fulvic acids and lignin suggest that the HMW fraction consists of several subunits that originate from the LMW fraction.
Yoon-seok Chang has completed his Ph.D at the age of 32 years from Oregon University, postdoctoral studies from Michigan State University from 1990 to 1992 and research associate from M.I.T (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) during 1 year. He is the professor of School of Environmental Science and Engineering at POSTECH, Korea since 1997. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals including Environmental Science and Technology.