Correlation of poly(methylene)-rich amorphous aliphatic domains in humic substances with sorption of a nonpolar organic contaminant phenanthrene.

@article{Mao2002CorrelationOP,
  title={Correlation of poly(methylene)-rich amorphous aliphatic domains in humic substances with sorption of a nonpolar organic contaminant phenanthrene.},
  author={Jingdong Mao and Lakhwinder S. Hundal and Michael L. Thompson and Klaus Schmidt-Rohr},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2002},
  volume={36 5},
  pages={929-36}
}
The structural makeup of natural organic matter plays a major role in regulating its capacity to retain nonionic hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs). We used a model HOC--phenanthrene--to investigate the correlations between sorption capacity, specifically the modified Freundlich coefficient (K'f), and compositional data of humic acids, humins, and a peat obtained from quantitative 13C solid-state NMR spectroscopy. A positive correlation between K'f and the weight fraction of amorphous poly… CONTINUE READING

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