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Collaborative Research: Molecular Level Characterization of Organic Matter in Ice Cores using High-resolution FTICR mass spectrometry
Entry ID: hatcher_0739684

Abstract: This award supports a project to fully develop the analytical protocols needed to exploit a relatively new technique for the analysis of soluble organic matter in ice core samples. The technique couples Electrospray ionization to high resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (ESI-FTICR-MS). We demonstrate that one can analyze a small volume (100 mL) of ice core ... View entire text

Purpose: The intellectual merit of this work is that this analytical method provides a new understanding of the nature of organic matter in ice, leading to the discovery of multitudes of molecular species indicative of global change processes whose abundances can be compared with other change proxies. The studies are of an exploratory nature and potentially transformative for the field of ice core research ... View entire text
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Marsh, J; Boschi, VL; Sleighter, RL; Grannas, AM; Hatcher, PG (2013), Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter from a Greenland Ice Core by Nanospray Ionization Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry, Journal of Glaciology, 59, 225-232
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DIF Creation Date: 2012-09-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23