Welcome to the website of the Laboratory of Natural Humic Systems of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Fine Organic Synthesis, Faculty of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University. The laboratory was established as a structural subdivision of the Department of Medical Chemistry and Fine Organic Synthesis of the Faculty of Chemistry of Moscow State University in accordance with the order of the Rector of Moscow State University dated August 1, 2017. Therefore, today our laboratory is one of the “youngest” at the Faculty of Chemistry :)

The head of the laboratory is the chief researcher, Doctor of Chemistry, Professor Irina Vasilievna Perminova. Our Team consists of researchers, graduate students and students of the Faculty of Chemistry. The tasks of the laboratory include the study of the structure and properties of supramolecular ensembles of natural humic systems in order to create nature-like structures, materials and technologies for medicine, ecology and agriculture using methods rational design, synthesis and machine learning. We are glad to see you on our site!

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Oxidation of Individual Aromatic Species Gives Rise to Humic-like Optical Properties.
Boris P. Yakimov, Anna A. Rubekina, Alexander Ya. Zherebker, Gleb S. Budylin, Victor O. Kompanets, Sergey V. Chekalin, Yuri G. Vainer, Afraa A. Hasan, Eugene N. Nikolaev, Victor V. Fadeev, Irina V. Perminova, and Evgeny A. Shirshin. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2022, , doi: 10.1021/acs.estlett.2c00161

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The mechanism of formation of the optical properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and humic substances (HS) is still a challenging problem in optical spectroscopy and environmental science. Decades of research have formed the list of spectral properties common to DOM and HS, which are impossible to mimic with individual molecular fluorophores and chromophores. Here we show that humic-like optical properties can be reproduced by the heterogeneous systems of chromophores that appear as a result of oxidation of simple aromatic species. To illustrate this fact, features of the steady-state and time-resolved optical response, as well as molecular composition, were studied during the oxidation of tryptophan and dihydroxybenzoic acid in aqueous solutions. The generated mixture of oxidation products exhibited visible absorption and fluorescence almost similar to those of DOM and HS, yet minor discrepancies with an HS-like optical response could be revealed by borohydride reduction and changes in the pH of the studied systems. The suggested generalized framework of the formation of humic-like optical properties can be further extended to other classes of systems and serve as the basis for investigating DOM and HS photophysics on simpler models.

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