13C-NMR chemical shift databases as a quick tool to evaluate structural models of humic substances

Christian Nyrop Albers, Poul Erik Hansen

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Models for humic and fulvic acids are discussed based on 13C liquid state NMR spectra combined with results from elemental analysis and titration studies. The analysis of NMR spectra is based on a full reconstruction of the NMR spectrum done with help of 13C-NMR data bases by adding up chemical shifts of all substructures from the proposed models. A full reconstruction makes sure that all carbons are accounted for and enables on the negative side to discuss structural elements identified from recorded spectra of humic substances that cannot be observed in the simulated spectrum. On the positive side missing structural elements in the models can be suggested. A number of proposed structures for humic and fulvic acids are discussed based on the above analysis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen Magnetic Resonance Journal
Pages (from-to)96-105
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • chemical shift data bases
  • humic acid
  • humic substances

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