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Electrochemical methodology to study labile trace metal/natural organic matter complexation at low concentration levels in natural waters

Abstract : A new electrochemical methodology to study labile trace metal/natural organic matter complexation at low concentration levels in natural waters is presented. This methodology consists of three steps: (i) an estimation of the complex diffusion coefficient (D-MI,), (ii) determination at low pH of the total metal concentration initially present in the sample, (iii) a metal titration at the desired pH. The free and bound metal concentrations are determined for each point of the titration and modeled with the non-ideal competitive adsorption (NICA-Donnan) model in order to obtain the binding parameters. In this methodology, it is recommended to determine the hydrodynamic transport parameter, alpha, for each set of hydrodynamic conditions used in the voltammetric measurements. The methodology was tested using two fractions of natural organic matter (NOM) isolated from the Loire river, namely the hydrophobic organic matter (HPO) and the transphilic organic matter (TPI), and a well characterized fulvic acid (Laurentian fulvic acid, LFA). The complex diffusion coefficients obtained at pH 5 were 0.4 +/- 0.2 for Pb and Cu/HPO, 1.8 +/- 0.2 for Pb/TPI and (0.612 +/- 10.009) x 10(-10) m(2) s(-1) for Pb/LFA. NICA-Donnan parameters for lead binding were obtained for the HPO and TPI fractions. The new lead/LFA results were successfully predicted using parameters derived in our previous work.
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Rute Domingos, Marc Benedetti, Jean Croué, Jose Pinheiro. Electrochemical methodology to study labile trace metal/natural organic matter complexation at low concentration levels in natural waters. Analytica Chimica Acta, Elsevier Masson, 2004, 521 (1), pp.77-86. ⟨10.1016/j.aca.2004.05.027⟩. ⟨insu-02886114⟩

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