Characterisation of molecular markers of paper degradation using CE/PDA and CE/MS

Project description

Studying the products formed during the degradation of cellulose, holocelluloses and lignocelluloses in conditions of natural and artificial ageing allows a better understanding of the phenomena involved in the deterioration of paper objects of cultural heritage. Moreover, the identification and quantitation of selected molecules allows targeting possible degradation markers. Molecular indicators can help establish a diagnostic of the chemical and physical changes occurring in paper with time. These molecules belong to the group of carbohydrates (monomers and oligomers), low molar mass organic acids and aromatic compounds (phenolic and furanic). Our group has developed CE/PDA and CE/ESI-MS to identify and quantify these compounds.

Funding sources

  • French Culture council (program 2007-2009), STSM European COST action FP0901 (2010)

Further reading

  • (2007) Dupont, A.-L., Egasse, C., Morin A., Vasseur, F. Comprehensive characterisation of cellulose- and lignocellulose- degradation products in aged papers: Capillary zone electrophoresis of low-molar mass organic acids, carbohydrates, and aromatic lignin derivatives. Carbohydrate Polymers 68, 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2006.07.005
  • (2011) Bogolitsyna, A., Becker, M., Dupont, A.-L., Borgards, A., Rosenau, T., Potthast, A. Determination of carbohydrate- and lignin-derived components in complex effluents from cellulose processing by capillary electrophoresis with electrospray ionization-mass spectrometric detection, Journal of Chromatography A, 1218 8561– 8566. doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2011.09.063
  • (2012) Dupont, A-L., Seemann, A., Lavédrine, B. Capillary electrophoresis with electrospray ionisation-mass spectrometry for the characterisation of degradation products in aged papers, Talanta 89, 301– 309. doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2011.12.032