Characterisation of polar organic compounds in fog water

Gyula Kiss, Bálint Varga, András Gelencsér, Zoltán Krivácsy, Ágnes Molnár, Tomas Alsberg, Linn Persson, Hans Christen Hansson, Maria Cristina Facchini

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Abstract

In this paper the results of a systematic liquid chromatographic investigation are described to characterise water-soluble organic compounds in fog. A diode array detector is used to record the UV spectrum of the components during separation and a mass spectrometer is applied to obtain information on the ion masses of the constituents. The combination of UV and mass spectra reveal that the organic carbon content of fog water is distributed among a great number of acidic compounds which have polar functional groups and polyconjugated systems absorbing up to 500nm. Due to the complexity of the organic fraction in fog water an unresolved hump of ions was recorded by the mass spectrometer from m/z=100-600 the most intense peaks being detected around m/z=200-250. Tannin and fulvic acid were also examined under the same conditions. In terms of complexity and ion distribution the mass spectrum of the organic fraction was similar to that of a fulvic acid reference material rather than to that of tannin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2193-2200
Number of pages8
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume35
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 17 2001

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Keywords

  • Diode array detection
  • Fog
  • Liquid chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Water-soluble organic compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science

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