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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 741906, 9 pages
Research Article

HPLC-DAD-ESI/MS Identification of Light Harvesting and Light Screening Pigments in the Lake Sediments at Edmonson Point

Chemistry Section, School of Science and Technology, University of Camerino, Via S. Agostino 1, 62032 Camerino, Italy

Received 29 August 2013; Accepted 12 October 2013

Academic Editors: J. Gebler and A. Welle

Copyright © 2013 Rita Giovannetti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The composition of sedimentary pigments in the Antarctic lake at Edmonson Point has been investigated and compared with the aim to provide a useful analytical method for pigments separation and identification, providing reference data for future assessment of possible changes in environmental conditions. Reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with electrospray-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) detection and diode array detection (DAD) has been used to identify light screening and light harvesting pigments. The results are discussed in terms of local environmental conditions.