Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society
versión impresa ISSN 0103-5053
SIERRA, Marta M. D.; GIOVANELA, Marcelo; PARLANTI, Edith y SORIANO-SIERRA, Eduardo J.. 3D-fluorescence spectroscopic analysis of HPLC fractionated estuarine fulvic and humic acids. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.1, pp. 113-124. ISSN 0103-5053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-50532006000100017.
Six estuarine fulvic (FA) and humic acids (HA) were fractionated with reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography in a water/acetonitrile gradient, with fluorescence detection. Differences between FA and HA chromatograms pointed to a higher incidence of hydrophobic components in the latter. Excitation-emission matrix fluorescence diagrams of most fractions were similar to those of the bulk samples indicating that, in spite of their distinct polarities, the complexity and main spectral characteristics of the materials persisted. A primary group of fluorophores, which are present in most of the fractions, seems to be at the origin of the fluorescence properties of both kinds of HS. A bathochromic shift of the bulk solutions spectra in relation to the fraction emissions was attributed to a greater proximity of these fluorophores, possibly due to the formation of aggregates. Generally, the results reinforced concepts that humic macromolecules consist of assemblages of structurally similar building blocks.
Palabras llave : RP-HPLC; fulvic acids; humic acids; EEM fluorescence.