Sarah Fiol

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The surface properties of a well-crystallized synthetic goethite have been studied by acid-base potentiometric titrations, electrophoresis, and phosphate and arsenate adsorption isotherms at different pH and electrolyte concentrations. The PZC and IEP of the studied goethite were 9.3+/-0.1 and 9.3+/-0.2, respectively. Phosphate and arsenate adsorption(More)
The binding of Cu2+ and Ca2+ to a fulvic acid (FA), simulating naturally occurring conditions, was studied. Furthermore, copper-FA complexation in the presence and absence of calcium was compared. For this, potentiometric titrations were carried out using a solution of FA at a concentration of 100 mgL(-1), and of ionic strength 0.1M. The Ca(2+)-FA(More)
A simple electrostatic model was used to study the effect of pH on the binding of Cu2+ to fulvic acid in solutions containing similar amounts of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) as natural media, such as aquatic environments and soil solutions. Complexation behavior was affected by increased pH because of changes in the electrostatic interaction resulting(More)
Ferrihydrite nanoparticles may dominate the ion binding properties of the natural oxide fraction present in soil and aquatic systems. A correct description of the adsorption properties of ferrihydrite nanoparticles may be useful for gaining a better insight into the adsorption processes in natural systems and at the same time will be essential for(More)
The presence of iron oxides may play an important role in controlling the mobility and availability of contaminants in soils and waters affected by acid mine drainage. The present study describes the uptake of arsenate, chromate and molybdate from solution by synthetic schwertmannite. Batch experiments were performed at different pH values in order to(More)
Soil organic matter (SOM) is considered to be the primary adsorbent of non-ionic pesticides, and it is therefore thought to determine the concentration of such pesticides in the soil solution and how they are transported throughout the medium. It is generally assumed that the sorption capacity of different soils is the same per unit mass of SOM; however,(More)
The effect of pH and ionic strength on the interaction between pesticides (paraquat and MCPA) and humic substances (soil extracted humic acid and fulvic acid) was interpreted with a simple electrostatic model. Potentiometric titrations were carried out, the charge curves for the humic substances were obtained for three values of ionic strength, and the(More)
Anionic pesticides are adsorbed on the mineral oxide fraction of the soil surface but considerably less on the organic fraction, so that the presence of organic matter causes a decrease in the amount of pesticide adsorbed, and may affect the mechanism of adsorption. In the present study we investigated the adsorption of the weak acid pesticide MCPA on the(More)
High levels of oxyanions are found in the soil environment, often as a result of human activity. At high concentrations, oxyanions can be harmful to both humans and wildlife. Information about the interactions between oxyanions and natural samples is essential for understanding the bioavailability, toxicity, and transport of these compounds in the(More)
Adsorption of cationic pesticides in soils is generally attributed to mineral clays and organic matter components. However, iron oxides may also contribute to such adsorption or affect it by associating with other components. Using goethite and humic acid as models for iron oxides and organic matter respectively, we studied the adsorption of the cationic(More)