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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Soil Science Society of America Journal, Sept-Oct, 2006, Vol.70(5), p.1731(10)
    Description: Uronates are important constituents of maize mucilage and polyuronates are used as a simplified model of the soil--root interface. We tested whether galacturonate (GA) and polygalacturonate (PGA) impair the diffusion of phosphate (P[O.sub.4]) into and out of pores of a synthetic goethite (147 [m.sup.2] [g.sup.-1]) and whether the effect of maize mucigel (MU) is comparable to PGA. We measured the P[O.sub.4] desorption kinetics of goethites in batch experiments over 2 wk at pH 5. One part of the goethite was equilibrated with organic substances before P[O.sub.4] addition, another part after addition of P[O.sub.4]. Before the desorption experiments, the porosity of our samples was analyzed by [N.sub.2] gas adsorption. In each treatment a rapid initial desorption was followed by a slow desorption reaction, which is assigned to the diffusion of P[O.sub.4] out of mineral pores. No consistent relation between the micro- and mesoporosity and the rate of the slow P[O.sub.4] desorption was observed. Compared with the C-free control, only PGA and MU affected the fraction of P[O.sub.4] mobilized by the fast and slow desorption reaction: when PGA was sorbed to goethite before P[O.sub.4], twice as much P[O.sub.4] was mobilized via the fast reaction than in the treatment where P[O.sub.4] was sorbed before PGA, suggesting a decreased accessibility of goethite pores to P[O.sub.4]. Mucigel, however, showed reversed effects, which is ascribed to its differing chemical composition. In conclusion, PGA seems inappropriate as a model substance for maize MU collected from non-axenic sand cultures. Under the experimental conditions chosen, the efficacy of all organic substances to increase P[O.sub.4] solution concentrations by pore clogging and sorption competition is small.
    Keywords: Phosphates -- Research ; Sorption -- Research
    ISSN: 0361-5995
    E-ISSN: 14350661
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Soil Science Society of America Journal, Nov-Dec, 2004, Vol.68(6), p.1853(10)
    Description: Recent [N.sub.2] adsorption studies have suggested a 'pore clogging' effect on mineral soil phases caused by organic matter coatings. For methodological reasons, this pore clogging effect has been studied only after drying. Our hypothesis was that pore clogging is affected by drying of organic coatings. In our study, we used AlOOH, which has been equilibrated with dissolved organic matter (DOM) and polygalacturonic acid [[PGA; [([C.sub.6][H.sub.8][O.sub.6]).sup.n]]. To test our hypothesis, we determined the porosity of moist and freeze-dried AlOOH samples. Freeze-dried samples were analyzed by [N.sub.2] adsorption, moist samples by [sup.1]H-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). In addition, the samples were characterized by environmental scanning electron microscopy--energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (ESEM-EDX). Both, DOM and PGA significantly reduced specific surface area (SS[A.sub.BET]) of AlOOH by 34 [m.sup.2][g.sup.-1](15%) and 77 [m.sup.2] [g.sup.-1] (36%). The reduction in SS[A.sub.BET] normalized to the amount of C sorbed was 1.0 [m.sup.2] [mg.sup.-1] DOM-C and 5.9 [m.sup.2] [mg.sup.-1] PGA-C. Dissolved OM reduced the pore volume of micro- and small mesopores 〈3 nm whereas PGA also reduced the volume of larger pores. The [sup.1]H-NMR results of moist samples showed that PGA sorption reduced the amount of water in pores 〈4 nm. In addition, the pore size maximum of AlOOH increased by 150%. Polygalacturonic acid coatings created new interparticle pores of about 10- to 70-nm size that are not stable upon freeze-drying. Porosity changes upon DOM-treatment were not commensurable by [sup.1]H-NMR. Our results indicate that clogging of micro- and small mesopores is not an artifact of freeze-drying. Polygalacturonic acid seems not only to cover the mouth of AlOOH-nanometer pores but also to fill them.
    Keywords: Soil Mineralogy -- Research
    ISSN: 0361-5995
    E-ISSN: 14350661
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Journal of environmental quality, 2009, Vol.38(3), pp.933-9
    Description: Liming is a common technique suggested for the stabilization of shooting range sites. We investigated the effect of an increase in pH on the mobilization of soluble and dispersible (colloidal) Pb, As, and Sb. Our hypothesis was that the addition of divalent cations counteracts the pH-induced mobilization of soluble and colloidal metal(loid)s. We determined soluble (operationally defined as the fraction 〈 10 nm obtained after centrifugation) and dispersible (filter cut-off 1200 nm) As, Pb, Sb, Fe, and C(org) concentrations in the filtered suspensions of batch extracts of topsoil samples (C(org): 8%) from a former shooting range site following a pH increase to values between 3.5 and 7 by adding a monovalent (KOH) or a divalent (Ca(OH)(2)) base. In the Ca(OH)(2)-treated samples, dissolved metal(loid) concentrations were 62 to 98% lower than those titrated with KOH to similar pH. Similarly, Ca reduced the concentration of dispersible Pb by 95%, but had little or no impact on dispersible As and Sb. We conclude that the counterion valency controls the mobility of metal(loid)s by affecting the mobility and sorption capacity of the sorbents (e.g., colloids, organic matter).
    Keywords: Antimony -- Chemistry ; Arsenic -- Chemistry ; Cations, Divalent -- Chemistry ; Lead -- Chemistry ; Soil -- Analysis
    ISSN: 0047-2425
    E-ISSN: 15372537
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Soil Science Society of America Journal, Sept-Oct, 2006, Vol.70(5), p.1547(9)
    Description: Organic coatings on Fe oxides can decrease the accessibility of intraparticle pores for oxyanions like phosphate. We hypothesized that the slow sorption of phosphate to goethite coated with polygalacturonate (PGA) is controlled by the accessibility of external goethite surfaces to phosphate rather than by diffusion of phosphate into micropores ([empty set] 〈 2 nm). We studied the phosphate sorption kinetics of pure and PGA-coated goethites that differed in their microporosity ([N.sub.2] at 77 K, 46 vs. 31 [mm.sup.3] [g.sup.-1]). Because drying may affect the structure or surface coverage of PGA, we also tested the effect of freeze-drying on the slow phosphate sorption. The samples were examined by gas adsorption ([N.sub.2], C[O.sub.2]) and electrophoretic mobility measurements. Phosphate sorption and PGA-C desorption were studied in batch experiments for 3 wk at pH 5. In PGA-coated samples, the slow phosphate sorption was independent of micropore volume. Phosphate displaced on average 57% of PGA-C within 3 wk. Similar to phosphate sorption, the PGA-C desorption comprised a rapid initial desorption, which was followed by a slow C desorption. Sorption competition between phosphate and presorbed PGA depended on the 〈10-nm porosity and the C loading of the adsorbent. The efficacy of phosphate to desorb PGA generally increased after freeze-drying. We conclude for PGA-coated goethites that (i) freeze-drying biased the slow phosphate sorption by changing the structure/surface coverage of PGA, and (ii) within the time frame studied, micropores did not limit the rate of the slow phosphate sorption. Rather, the slow, gradual desorption of PGA and/or the diffusion of phosphate through PGA coatings controlled the slow phosphate sorption to PGA-coated goethite.
    Keywords: Mineralogical Research -- Analysis ; Phosphates -- Research ; Sorption -- Research
    ISSN: 0361-5995
    E-ISSN: 14350661
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