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 Marcos Lado - Faculty of Sciences, University of A Coruna. A Zapateira s/n 15071 A Coruna, Spain

Typical experimental time frames allowed for equilibrating water-organic vapors with soil sorbents might lead to overlooking slow chemical reactions finally controlling a thermodynamically stable state. In this work, long-term gravimetric examination of kinetics covering about 4000 h was performed for phenol-water vapor interacting with four materials preequilibrated at three levels of air relative humidity (RHs 52, 73, and 92%). The four contrasting sorbents included an organic matter (OM)-rich peat soil, an OM-poor clay soil, a hydrophilic Aldrich humic acid salt, and water-insoluble leonardite. Monitoring phenol-water vapor interactions with the prehydrated sorbents, as compared with the sorbent samples in phenolfree atmosphere at the same RH, showed, for the first time, a sigmoid kinetics of phenol-induced mass uptake typical for second-order autocatalytic reactions. The apparent rate constants were similar for all the sorbents, RHs and phenol activities studied. A significant part of sorbed phenol resisted extraction, which was attributed to its abiotic oxidative coupling. Phenol uptake by peat and clay soils was also associated with a significant enhancement of water retention. The delayed development of the sigmoidal kinetics in phenol-water uptake demonstrates that long-run abiotic interactions of water−organic vapor with soil may be overlooked, based on short-term examination

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Long-Term Uptake of Phenol-Water Vapor Follows Similar Sigmoid Kinetics on Prehydrated Organic Matter-and Clay-Rich Soil Sorbents

 Marcos Lado - Faculty of Sciences, University of A Coruna. A Zapateira s/n 15071 A Coruna, Spain

Long-Term Uptake of Phenol-Water Vapor Follows Similar Sigmoid Kinetics on Prehydrated Organic Matter-and Clay-Rich Soil Sorbents

Typical experimental time frames allowed for equilibrating water-organic vapors with soil sorbents might lead to overlooking slow chemical reactions finally controlling a thermodynamically stable state. In this work, long-term gravimetric examination of kinetics covering about 4000 h was performed for phenol-water vapor interacting with four materials preequilibrated at three levels of air relative humidity (RHs 52, 73, and 92%). The four contrasting sorbents included an organic matter (OM)-rich peat soil, an OM-poor clay soil, a hydrophilic Aldrich humic acid salt, and water-insoluble leonardite. Monitoring phenol-water vapor interactions with the prehydrated sorbents, as compared with the sorbent samples in phenolfree atmosphere at the same RH, showed, for the first time, a sigmoid kinetics of phenol-induced mass uptake typical for second-order autocatalytic reactions. The apparent rate constants were similar for all the sorbents, RHs and phenol activities studied. A significant part of sorbed phenol resisted extraction, which was attributed to its abiotic oxidative coupling. Phenol uptake by peat and clay soils was also associated with a significant enhancement of water retention. The delayed development of the sigmoidal kinetics in phenol-water uptake demonstrates that long-run abiotic interactions of water−organic vapor with soil may be overlooked, based on short-term examination

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