Palladium Chemistry in Seawater

Lee Kump, Robert H. Byrne

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The solution chemistry of palladium has been examined directly in seawater by ultraviolet absorbance spectroscopy. Our results indicate that chloride complexation strongly suppresses the hydrolysis of Pd2+ in seawater. At 25 °C and salinity equal to 36, hydroxy complexes account for ~18% of the total palladium and the remainder is present principally as PdCl42-. Strong similarities previously reported for Pd and Ni distributions in seawater appear to have dissimilar origins at the molecular level. The enormous reactivity of Pd2+ relative to Ni2+ appears to be moderated, in seawater, by extensive complexation of Pd2+ with chloride ions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-665
Number of pages3
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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