Thermodynamics of phenanthrene partition into solid organic matter from water

CHEN Bao-liang , ZHU Li-zhong , TAO Shu


Received April 14, 2004,Revised September 13, 2004, Accepted , Available online

Volume 17,2005,Pages 185-189

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The thermodynamic behavior of organic contaminants in soils is essential to develop remediation technologies and assess risk from alternative technologies. Thermodynamics of phenanthrene partition into four solids (three soils and a bentonite) from water were investigated. The thermodynamics parameters (ΔH, ΔG°, ΔS°, ) were calculated according to experimental data. The total sorption heats of phenanthrene to solids from water ranged from - 7.93 to - 17.1 kJ/mol, which were less exothermic than the condensation heat of phenanthrene-solid(i.e., - 18.6 k J/mol). The partition heats of phenanthrene dissolved into solid organic matter ranged from 23.1 to 32.2k J/mol, which were less endothermic than the aqueous dissolved heat of phenanthrene(i. e., 40.2 kJ/mol), and were more endothermic than the fusion heat of phenanthrene-solid (i. e., 18.6 kJ/mol). The standard free energy changes, ΔG°, are all negative which suggested that phenanthrene sorption into solid was a spontaneous process. The positive values of standard entropy changes,ΔS° , show a gain in entropy for the transfer of phenanthrene at the stated standard state. Due to solubility-enhancement of phenanthrene,the partition coefficients normalized by organic carbon contents decrease with increasing system temperature(i. e., In Koc = -0.284In S +9.82( n=4, r2 = 0.992)). The solubility of phenanthrene in solid organic matter increased with increasing temperatures. Transports of phenanthrene in different latitude locations and seasons would be predicted according to its sorption thermodynamics behavior.

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