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DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2023.119672
Title (Primary) Data evaluation strategy for identification of key molecular formulas in dissolved organic matter as proxies for biogeochemical reactivity based on abundance differences from ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry
Author Herzsprung, P.; Kamjunke, N.; Wilske, C.; Friese, K. ORCID logo ; Boehrer, B.; Rinke, K.; Lechtenfeld, O.J. ORCID logo ; von Tümpling, W. ORCID logo
Source Titel Water Research
Year 2023
Department SEEFO; FLOEK; ANA
Volume 232
Page From art. 119672
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
T9 Healthy Planet
Keywords Dissolved organic matter (DOM); Key molecular formulas; High-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS); Drinking water reservoir; Relative intensity difference
UFZ wide themes ProVIS;
Abstract

The molecular composition of dissolved organic matter (DOM) is of relevance for global carbon cycling and important for drinking water processing also. The detection of variation of DOM composition as function of time and space from a methodological viewpoint is essential to observe DOM processing and was addressed so far. High resolution concerning DOM quality was achieved with Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS).

However almost none of the existing FTICR-MS data sets were evaluated addressing the fate of single mass features / molecular formulas (MFs) abundance during experiments. In contrast to former studies we analyze the function of MF abundance of time and space for such MFs which are present in all samples and which were formerly claimed as recalcitrant in not all but a great number of studies. For the first time the reactivity of MFs was directly compared by their abundance differences using a simple equation, the relative intensity difference (δRI). Search strategies to find out the maximum δRI values are introduced. The corresponding MFs will be regarded as key MFs (KEY-MFs). In order to test this new approach data from a recent photo degradation experiment were combined with monitoring surveys conducted in two drinking water reservoirs. The δRI values varied over one order of magnitude (more than five-fold). MFs like C9H12O6 and C10H14O6 revealed high biogeochemical reactivity as photo products. Some of the KEY-MFs were identical with MFs identified as disinfection byproducts precursors in recent studies. Other KEY-MFs were oxygen-rich and relatively unsaturated (poly-phenol-like) and hence relevant to flocculation procedures.

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Herzsprung, P., Kamjunke, N., Wilske, C., Friese, K., Boehrer, B., Rinke, K., Lechtenfeld, O.J., von Tümpling, W. (2023):
Data evaluation strategy for identification of key molecular formulas in dissolved organic matter as proxies for biogeochemical reactivity based on abundance differences from ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry
Water Res. 232 , art. 119672 10.1016/j.watres.2023.119672