In aqueous systems, the distribution of many nonionic organic solutes in soil-sediment, aquatic organisms, and dissolved organic matter can be explained in terms of a partition model. The nonionic organic solute is distributed between water and different organic phases that behave as bulk solvents. Factors such as polarity, composition, and molecular size of the solute and organic phase determine the relative importance of partition to the environmental distribution of the solute. This chapter reviews these factors in the context of a partition model and also examines several environmental applications of the partition model for surface- and ground-water systems.
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Partition of nonionic organic compounds in aquatic systems|
|Series title||Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Contributing office(s)||Toxic Substances Hydrology Program|