Modeling sorption of divalent metal cations on hydrous manganese oxide using the diffuse double layer model

Applied Geochemistry
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Manganese oxides are important scavengers of trace metals and other contaminants in the environment. The inclusion of Mn oxides in predictive models, however, has been difficult due to the lack of a comprehensive set of sorption reactions consistent with a given surface complexation model (SCM), and the discrepancies between published sorption data and predictions using the available models. The authors have compiled a set of surface complexation reactions for synthetic hydrous Mn oxide (HMO) using a two surface site model and the diffuse double layer SCM which complements databases developed for hydrous Fe (III) oxide, goethite and crystalline Al oxide. This compilation encompasses a range of data observed in the literature for the complex HMO surface and provides an error envelope for predictions not well defined by fitting parameters for single or limited data sets. Data describing surface characteristics and cation sorption were compiled from the literature for the synthetic HMO phases birnessite, vernadite and δ-MnO2. A specific surface area of 746 m2g−1 and a surface site density of 2.1 mmol g−1 were determined from crystallographic data and considered fixed parameters in the model. Potentiometric titration data sets were adjusted to a pHIEP value of 2.2. Two site types (≡XOH and ≡YOH) were used. The fraction of total sites attributed to ≡XOH (α) and pKa2 were optimized for each of 7 published potentiometric titration data sets using the computer program FITEQL3.2. pKa2 values of 2.35±0.077 (≡XOH) and 6.06±0.040 (≡YOH) were determined at the 95% confidence level. The calculated average α value was 0.64, with high and low values ranging from 1.0 to 0.24, respectively. pKa2 and α values and published cation sorption data were used subsequently to determine equilibrium surface complexation constants for Ba2+, Ca2+, Cd2+, Co2+, Cu2+, Mg2+, Mn2+, Ni2+, Pb2+, Sr2+ and Zn2+. In addition, average model parameters were used to predict additional sorption data for which complementary titration data were not available. The two-site model accounts for variability in the titration data and most metal sorption data are fit well using the pKa2 and α values reported above. A linear free energy relationship (LFER) appears to exist for some of the metals; however, redox and cation exchange reactions may limit the prediction of surface complexation constants for additional metals using the LFER.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Modeling sorption of divalent metal cations on hydrous manganese oxide using the diffuse double layer model
Series title Applied Geochemistry
DOI 10.1016/S0883-2927(03)00115-X
Volume 19
Issue 1
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 25 p.
First page 29
Last page 53
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