Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society
Print version ISSN 0103-5053
MORAES, Solange L. de and REZENDE, Maria Olímpia O.. Capillary electrophoresis (CE): a powerful tool to characterize humic acid (HA). J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.1, pp. 24-28. ISSN 0103-5053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-50532008000100005.
The present study evaluates the possibility of eliminating the purification steps involved in the characterization of HA by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). The HAs of various sources were analyzed, showing different electropherograms by CZE, which depend on the charge and size of HA. The data suggest that the purification of the sample is not necessary to characterize HAs. Based on the results, CZE showed to be a promising tool to characterize HA of different origins without the purification step of the sample.
Keywords : humic acid; characterization; capillary zone electrophoresis.