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An experimental protocol for structural characterization of Fe in dilute natural waters
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Centre for Environmental and Climate Research & Department of Biology, Lund University.
2013 (English)In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 47, no 15, 8557-8564 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The properties of iron (Fe) complexes and compounds in the environment influence several central processes, e.g., iron uptake, adsorption/desorption of contaminants and nutrients, and redox transformations, as well as the fate of of natural organic matter (NOM). It is thus important to characterize Fe species in environmental samples. Synchrotron-based extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy has been used in several studies on soils and sediments, but literature is scarce on investigations of natural waters because of low Fe concentrations. In this study we have described a gentle and noninvasive preconcentration method, based on electrostatic adsorption onto ion-exchange resins, suitable for EXAFS analysis of Fe species in dilute stream water samples. The EXAFS results of metal-organic model complexes showed that no significant local structural distortions were induced by the method. We also demonstrated the feasibility for an 8 μM Fe stream water sample. The Fe heterogeneity in this stream water was investigated via a gradient series at 28%, 42%, 77%, 84%, and 100% adsorption of total iron. The EXAFS results showed that Fe(III) in this stream water was divided into Fe(III)-NOM complexes and Fe(III) (oxyhydr)oxides associated with NOM, and that each class consisted of several subspecies.

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2013. Vol. 47, no 15, 8557-8564 p.
Keyword [en]
Saccharification, Enzymatic hydrolysis, Cellulase; Cellulose, Reducing agents
National Category
Chemical Sciences Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80680DOI: 10.1021/es304630aISI: 000323013400059PubMedID: 23815564OAI: diva2:650850
Available from: 2013-09-23 Created: 2013-09-23 Last updated: 2014-03-05Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Interactions between Fe and organic matter and their impact on As(V) and P(V)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Interactions between Fe and organic matter and their impact on As(V) and P(V)
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Iron (Fe) speciation is important for many biogeochemical processes. The high abundance and limited solubility of Fe(III) are responsible for the widespread occurrence of Fe(III) minerals in the environment. Co-precipitation and adsorption onto mineral surfaces limits the free concentrations of compounds such as arsenate (As(V)), Fe(III) and, phosphate (P(V)). Mineral dissolution, on the other hand, might lead to elevated concentrations of these compounds. Fe speciation is strongly affected by natural organic matter (NOM), which suppresses hydrolysis of Fe(III) via complexation. It limits the formation of Fe(III) minerals and Fe(III) co-precipitation. This thesis is focused on interactions between Fe(III) and NOM as well as their impact on other elements (i.e. As(V) and P(V)). X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was used to obtain molecular scale information on Fe and As speciation. This was complemented with infrared spectroscopy, as well as traditional wet-chemical analysis, such as pH and total concentration determinations. Natural stream waters, soil solutions, ground water and soil samples from the Krycklan Catchment, in northern Sweden, were analyzed together with model compounds with different types of NOM. A protocol based on ion exchange resins was developed to concentrate Fe from dilute natural waters prior to XAS measurements. Iron speciation varied between the stream waters and was strongly affected by the surrounding landscape. Stream waters originating from forested or mixed sites contained both Fe(II, III)-NOM complexes and precipitated Fe(III) (hydr)oxides. The distribution between these two pools was influenced by pH, total concentrations and, properties of NOM. In contrast, stream waters from wetland sites and soil solutions from a forested site only contained organically complexed Fe. Furthermore, the soil solutions contained a significant fraction Fe(II)-NOM complexes. The soil samples were dominated by organically complexed Fe and a biotite-like phase. Two pools of Fe were also identified in the ternary systems with As(V) or P(V) mixed with Fe(III) and NOM: all Fe(III) was complexed with NOM at low total concentrations of Fe(III), As(V) and/or P(V). Hence, Fe(III) complexation by NOM reduced Fe(III)-As(V)/P(V) interactions at low Fe(III) concentrations, which led to higher bioavailability. Exceeding the Fe(III)-NOM complex equilibrium resulted in the occurrence of Fe(III)-As(V)/P(V) (co-)-precipitates.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2014. 68 p.
XAS, Fe(III), As(V), P(V), natural organic matter, Fe(II, III)-NOM complexes, Krycklan catchment
National Category
Chemical Sciences Geochemistry
Research subject
Earth Sciences with Specialization Environmental Analysis
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86703 (URN)978-91-7601-020-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-03-28, Lilla hörsalen, KB3A9, KBC-huset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
Swedish Research Council, 621-2012-3890
Available from: 2014-03-07 Created: 2014-03-05 Last updated: 2014-04-02Bibliographically approved

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