Relationship of soil organic matter characteristics to organic contaminant sequestration and bioavailability

Angela D. Lueking, Weilin Huang, Sara Soderstrom-Schwarz, Minsun Kim, Walter J. Weber

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Sorption and desorption equilibria of phenanthrene with respect to three different types of geosorbents were measured, as were the rates of desorption and biological mineralization of this representative hydrophobic organic contaminant. The chemical nature of the organic matter associated with each geosorbent was characterized using solid state 13C-NMR spectrometry. The results of these studies reveal that both the desorption behavior and the microbial bioavailability of the sorbed contaminant are influenced by the physicochemical character of the organic matter. The more reduced and condensed the organic matter, the greater the extent of sorption-desorption hysteresis, the slower the desorption rate, and the less readily bioavailable the sorbed contaminant. These observations are consistent with projections predicated on a dual reactive domain model introduced earlier to describe the sorptive reactivities of different types of soil/sediment organic matter with hydrophobic organic contaminants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Quality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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