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A first step towards identification of tannin-derived black carbon: Conventional pyrolysis (Py-GC-MS) and thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation (THM-GC-MS) of charred condensed tannins

AuthorsKaal, Joeri ; Nierop, Klaas G. J.; Kraal, Peter; Preston, Caroline M.
Issue DateJun-2012
CitationOrganic Geochemistry 47: 99-108 (2012)
AbstractTannins account for a significant proportion of plant biomass and are likely to contribute to the residues formed by incomplete biomass combustion (black carbon, BC). Nonetheless, the molecular properties of thermally modified tannins have not been investigated in laboratory charring experiments. We applied conventional analytical pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) and thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation (THM-GC-MS) to investigate the effects of heat treatment with a muffle furnace on the properties of condensed tannins (CT) from Corsican pine (Pinus nigra) needles. Py-GC-MS showed a decrease in the relative abundance of the 1,2,3-trihydroxybenzenes (pyrogallols) at ≥300 °C and of the dihydroxybenzenes (mainly catechols) at ≥350 °C due to dehydroxylation of the CT B ring. Further dehydroxylation led to formation of monohydroxybenzenes (phenols), which showed a strong enrichment between 350 and 400 °C and, at higher temperatures, to a series of monocyclic and polycyclic aromatics [benzene, alkyl benzenes and polycondensed aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)]. Degradation of the A ring could not be recognized via Py-GC-MS, probably because of the poor chromatographic behavior of 1,3,5-trihydroxybenzenes (phloroglucinols). The progressive dehydroxylation and eventual polycondensation of the CT B ring was corroborated using THM-GC-MS. In addition, with THM-GC-MS the thermal rearrangement of CT A rings at 300 °C and higher was inferred from the relative abundance of 1,3,5-trimethoxybenzenes (methylated phloroglucinol derivatives). These compounds were observed at moderate/high temperature (up to 450 °C) and can not be produced from THM of lignin, suggesting that they may be markers of CT in natural BC samples. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2012.03.009
Identifiersissn: 0146-6380
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