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Simultaneous extraction and chromatographic separation of n-alkanes and alkenones from glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers via selective Accelerated Solvent Extraction

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Auderset,  Alexandra
Climate Geochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Schmitt,  Mareike
Climate Geochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Martinez-Garcia,  Alfredo
Climate Geochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Auderset, A., Schmitt, M., & Martinez-Garcia, A. (2020). Simultaneous extraction and chromatographic separation of n-alkanes and alkenones from glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers via selective Accelerated Solvent Extraction. Organic Geochemistry, 143: 103979. doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2020.103979.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-4EB4-7
Abstract
A method is described for simultaneous extraction and chromatographic separation of saturated hydrocarbons (n-alkanes) and unsaturated long-chain ketones (alkenones) from glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) using selective accelerated solvent extraction (ASE). We show that the method can be used to successfully separate n-alkanes and alkenones from GDGTs in marine sediment samples and n-alkanes from GDGTs in lake sediments and soil samples. A comparison of our method with analysis of samples purified using classical silica column chromatography demonstrates that the new method does not affect the alkenone unsaturation index (), the TetraEther indeX (TEX86), the Methane Index (MI), the Ring Index (RI), the branched-GDGT-based paleotemperature and soil pH indices, the Branched and Isoprenoid Tetraether (BIT) index, the n-alkane average chain length (ACL) or the carbon preference index (CPI). The new procedure results in higher sample recoveries for n-alkanes and more precise estimates at low concentrations, and contributes to reduced analyst laboratory time.