Project TitleA new marine sediment sample preparation scheme for solution 31P NMR analysis
AcronymMarine Sediment Analysis 31P NMR
URLhttps://www.bco-dmo.org/project/664054
CreatedNovember 7, 2016
ModifiedFebruary 27, 2020

Project Description

We developed and tested a new approach to prepare marine sediment samples for solution 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P NMR). This approach addresses the effects of sample pretreatment on sedimentary P composition and increases the signal of low abundance P species in 31P NMR spectra by removing up the majority inorganic P  from sediment samples while causing minimal alteration of the chemical structure of organic P compounds. The method was tested on natural marine sediment samples from different localities (Equatorial Pacific, California Margin and Arctic Ocean) with high inorganic P content, and allowed for the detection of low abundance P forms in samples for which only an orthophosphate signal could be resolved with an NaOH-EDTA extraction alone. This new approach will allow the use of 31P NMR on samples for which low organic P concentrations previously hindered the use of this tool, and will help answer longstanding question regarding the fate of organic P in marine sediments. We developed and tested a new approach to prepare marine sediment samples for solution 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P NMR). This approach addresses the effects of sample pretreatment on sedimentary P composition and increases the signal of low abundance P species in 31P NMR spectra by removing up the majority inorganic P  from sediment samples while causing minimal alteration of the chemical structure of organic P compounds. The method was tested on natural marine sediment samples from different localities (Equatorial Pacific, California Margin and Arctic Ocean) with high inorganic P content, and allowed for the detection of low abundance P forms in samples for which only an orthophosphate signal could be resolved with an NaOH-EDTA extraction alone. This new approach will allow the use of 31P NMR on samples for which low organic P concentrations previously hindered the use of this tool, and will help answer longstanding question regarding the fate of organic P in marine sediments. 

NSF C-DEBI Award #156246 to Dr. Adina Paytan

NSF C-DEBI Award #157598 to Dr. Delphine Defforey 

Project Maintainers

NameAffiliationRoleContact
Adina PaytanUniversity of California-Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz)Principal Investigator
Delphine DefforeyUniversity of California-Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz)Co-Principal Investigator
Barbara J. Cade-MenunAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AGR GC)Co-Principal Investigator
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