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  1. Vol. 31 No. 2, p. 388-392
    Received: June 6, 2000

    * Corresponding author(s): asimpson@chemistry.ohio-state.edu
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Improvements in the Two-Dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Humic Substances

  1. André J. Simpson *a,
  2. Myrna J. Sallouma,
  3. William L. Kingeryb and
  4. Patrick G. Hatchera
  1. a Dep. of Chemistry, The Ohio State Univ., 100W. 18th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
    b Dep. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Box 9555, Mississippi State University, MS 39762


Understanding pollutant sorption, bioremediation of these pollutants, and their interactions with humic substances requires knowledge of molecular-level processes. New developments with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments and labeled compounds have improved the overall understanding of these mechanisms. The advancements made with two-dimensional NMR show great promise, as structural information and hydrogen–carbon bond connectivity can be discerned. This communication presents the application of improved two-dimensional NMR methods, the double quantum filtered (DQF) correlation spectroscopy (COSY) and echo/anti-echo heteronuclear single quantum coherence (HSQC) experiments, for use in structural studies of humic substances. Both experiments were found to produce significant improvements over the conventional COSY and heteronuclear multiple quantum coherence (HMQC) experiments that have been previously employed in similar studies. The more sensitive echo/anti-echo HSQC experiment produced more cross-peaks with higher resolution when compared with the HMQC spectra. The DQF-COSY significantly suppressed the diagonal signals and allowed numerous signals previously hidden in the standard COSY experiment to be observed. These improvements will aid current characterization strategies of humic substances from soils, sediments, and water and their subsequent reactions with pollutants and microorganisms.

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Copyright © 2002. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science SocietyPublished in J. Environ. Qual.31:388–392.