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Application of attenuated total reflectance micro-fourier transform infrared (atr-ftir) spectroscopy to the study of coal macerals: Examples from the Bowen basin, Australia

Li, Zhongsheng, Fredericks, Peter M., Rintoul, Llew, & Ward, Colin R. (2007) Application of attenuated total reflectance micro-fourier transform infrared (atr-ftir) spectroscopy to the study of coal macerals: Examples from the Bowen basin, Australia. International Journal of Coal Geology, 70(1-3), pp. 87-94.

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Abstract

Attenuated total reflectance micro-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectrometry has been successfully used to characterise coal macerals, in particular telocollinite, and to investigate changes in the aromatic and aliphatic functional groups in the telocollinite, over a wide rank range (Rvmax from 0.39 to 3.52%) in coals from the Bowen Basin, Queensland, Australia. The results show that ATR-FTIR is very sensitive to the increasing aromaticity (the fraction of carbon atoms involved in aromatic units) of the telocollinites, and thus is a very useful tool to study the evolution of aromatic and aliphatic functional groups with maturation of telocollinite, and also to differentiate and characterise the various macerals in coal samples. In comparison with other micro-FTIR techniques, ATR-FTIR has many advantages: (1) no difficult and time-consuming procedures are required to obtain “pure” maceral separations, or for preparation of thin coal slices; (2) the ATR-FTIR spectra have better signal-to-noise ratio and increased sensitivity; (3) the ATR-FTIR spectra are similar to absorption spectra, but without significant spectral distortion.

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ID Code: 8933
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Coal chemistry, macerals, infrared microspectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance, functional groups, Bowen Basin
DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2006.01.006
ISSN: 0166-5162
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > GEOCHEMISTRY (040200) > Organic Geochemistry (040204)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2013 13:51

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