CuO-oxidized dissolved organic matter (DOM) investigated with comprehensive two dimensional gas chromatography-time of flight-mass spectrometry (GC x GC-TOF-MS)

TitleCuO-oxidized dissolved organic matter (DOM) investigated with comprehensive two dimensional gas chromatography-time of flight-mass spectrometry (GC x GC-TOF-MS)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBall G.I, Aluwihare LI
JournalOrganic Geochemistry
Volume75
Pagination87-98
Date Published2014/10
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0146-6380
Accession NumberWOS:000341325800009
Keywordsacids; Alkaline hydrolysis; carbon; chemistry; Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography time-of-flight mass; Cupric oxide (CuO); Dissolved organic matter (DOM); gulf-of-mexico; Lignin; Lignin cyclobutane; Lignin dimer; Lignin phenol oxidation products; marine; oxidation; pacific-ocean; photodimer; spectrometry (GC x GC-TOF-MS); surface sediments; water
Abstract

GC x GC-TOF-MS was applied to investigate the molecular diversity of CuO-oxidized, trimethylsilyl (TMS) derivatized DOM isolated from Lake Tahoe's main tributary, the Upper Truckee River (UTR), California. Many (4789) chromatographic peaks were resolved in a single sample at a signal/noise (S/N) ratio of 10 or greater and > 300 (> 6%) were assigned discrete structures. Mapping the two dimensional elution time space revealed 8 homologous series defined by successive CH2 additions. Series of other compounds related to one another by OCH3 and OH substitutions were also assigned. Elucidation of the retention time (RT) displacements affected by these molecular transformations guided the discovery of novel compounds as well as those that had previously escaped detection within DOM, including a suite of ligninderived cyclobutane photodimers. Analysis of RT shifts among sets of benzene polycarboxylic acid (BPCA) isomers revealed the second chromatographic dimension to strongly retain sterically strained isomers, providing a basis for assigning groups of isomers that were otherwise unassignable. The heightened chromatographic resolution also revealed a substantial and hitherto analytically inaccessible diversity of isomers, which appear to be uniquely resolved with the method, but which would fall outside the analytical window of other high resolution MS methods, such as Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance MS (FT-ICR-MS). The study likely represents the most comprehensive compound-specific elucidation of any natural OM (NOM) sample to date. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.orggeochem.2014.06.010
Short TitleOrg. Geochem.
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