Over the ages, the deposits of dead vegetation buried by rock and mudflows, compacted and compressed out all of the moisture;
it slowly carbonized and became coal.
Humic acids are natural organic acids — brown coloured biological macromolecules, formed in coal by biochemical changes (decomposition,
pyrolysis) of lignocellulosic matter.
From lignite coal bed, the humates were extracted in alkaline medium and isolated from the residual fraction. Humic acids
were obtained by treating humantes’ solutions with HCl.
Thermal analysis (TG, DTG, DTA and DSC) was used in order to establish the decomposition and thermal effects of lignite, humates,
humic acids and residual matter extracted from Rovinari mines in Romania. A non-isothermal linear temperature regime was imposed
to reveal all decomposition steps.