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Humic and fulvic acids from hydrochar and anthropogenics soils: complexation capacity and characterization using molecular fluorescence

Grant number: 18/09914-9
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Márcia Cristina Bisinoti
Grantee:João Vitor dos Santos
Supervisor abroad: Jean Louis Stephane Mounier
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Université de Toulon (UTLN), France  
Associated to the scholarship:17/05408-9 - Characterization of humic substances extracted from hydrochar and terra mulata soil from Amazon Region, BP.IC


Hydrochars have been produced with by-products from the sugarcane industry, in which the nutrients and carbon content depends on the reaction conditions (time, temperature and additives). The presence of 'like' humic substances would provide properties such as those found in Terra Mulata soils, known for their high fertility. The MIO (Mediterranean Institut of Oceanography) research group at the University of Toulon-France is internationally recognized for the characterization of humic and fulvic acids by Molecular Fluorescence and data treatment using CP/PARAFAC, as well as the complexation capacity emploing quenching analysis and Time Resolved Fluorescence (TRF). The research group also makes use of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technique to obtain information on the conformational characteristics of the carbon nuclei present in the sample. Considering the work already started in Brazil, this project aims the structural characterization of humic and fulvic acids extracted from Terra Mulata soils and from hydrochars produced in different conditions, as well as to determine the complexation capacity with copper and if it possible the interaction with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH). The realization of these experiments under the supervision of Professor Dr. Stéphane Mounier, specialist in the proposed techniques, will facilitate the understanding and interpretation of results, allowing a comparison between the materials with the purpose of applying hydrochar as a soil conditioner. This intership will be a unique opportunity to generate unpublished data that will enable a better understanding of the material properties produced in comparison to the Terra Mulata soils, providing important information about the role of carbonization process conditions in the material humic characteristics.

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