Description: High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) was used to investigate the utility of this technique for the analytical and preparative separation of components of aquatic fulvic acids (FA). Three modes of HPLC namely adsorption, anion exchange and reversed phase were evaluated. Aquatic fulvic acids were either extracted from surface water and sediment samples collected from the Southwest of the U.S., or were provided in a high purity form from the USGS. On the adsorption mode, a major fraction of aquatic fulvic acid was isolated on a semipreparative scale and subjected to Carbon-13 NMR and FAB Mass Spectroscopy. Results indicated that (1) The analyzed fraction of fulvic acid contains more aliphatic than aromatic moieties; (2) Methoxy, carboxylic acids, and esters are well-defined moieties of the macromolecule; (3) Phenolic components of the macromolecules were not detected in the Carbon-13 NMR spectrum possibly because of the presence of stable free radicals. Results of the anion exchange mode have shown that at least three types of acidic functionalities in aquatic fulvic acid can be separated. Results also indicated that aquatic fulvic acid can be progressively fractionated by using subsequent modes of HPLC. Results of reversed phase mode have shown that (1) The fractionation of aquatic fulvic acid by RP-HPLC is essentially controlled by the polarity and/or pH of the carrier solvent system; (2) Under different RP-HPLC conditions aquatic fulvic acid from several locations are fractionated into the same major components; (3) Fulvic acid extracted from water and sediment from the same site are more similar than those extracted from different sites; (4) Cationic and anionic ion pair reagents indicated the presence of amphoteric compounds within the polymeric structure of fulvic acid. Each mode of HPLC provided a characteristic profile of fulvic acid. The results of this research provided basic information on the behavior of aquatic ...
Date: August 1986
Creator: Chang, David Juan-Yuan
Partner: UNT Libraries