Effect of pH on dynamic and equilibrium surface tension of dissolve organic matter

Gilboa Arye, Pavel Trifonov, Talli Ilani

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Dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the terrestrial environment may originate from the decomposition of soil organic matter accumulated from the degradation of vegetative residues, the release of root exudates, the lysis of microorganisms and addition of organic wastes, such as livestock manure, biosolids, and different composted organic residues, or from irrigation with wastewater. The structure of DOM macromolecules is known to vary with the following aqueous solution properties: ionic strength, the nature of the inorganic ions, pH and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration. In aqueous solution, the DOM molecules are amphiphilic, that is, it possesses both hydrophilic and hydrophobic functional groups in the same molecule. This simultaneous presence, gave rise to the conceptual surfactant like model for DOM which has been studies in conjunction with the equilibrium surface tension at the liquid-air interface (STeq, mN/m). Measurements of STeq of DOM solution were reported in a relatively small number of studies for the conditions of the aqueous solution (e.g., temperature, pH, ionic strength, the valence of the metal ions, and DOC concentration). All studies demonstrate the decrease in STeq with increase aqueous concentration of the DOC. The effect of pH, however, exhibit contradictory results. Specifically, for a given DOC concentration, the patterns reported for STeq versus pH were different. With increasing pH values, STeq has been reported to decrease, increase or exhibit a minimum. These contradictory results have been attributed to the different DOC concentration examined in each of the studies. In current study we hypothesized that the inconsistent results of STeq vs. pH may also stem from the adsorption kinetics of the DOM amphiphilic molecules at the liquid air interface, which can be evaluated form dynamic surface tension measurements (STt). The STt is approaching STeq values and commonly exhibiting an exponential decay pattern. If for different pH values STt is not reaching STeq, different apparent STeq vs. pH patterns can be obtain. In this study measurement of STt and STeq as a function of pH will be presented for DOM solutions from different origins. The analysis of the STt curves will be demonstrated based on a short and long term diffusion model.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)11568
JournalGeophysical Research Abstracts
StatePublished - 1 May 2014
EGU General Assembly 2014
- Vienna, Austria
Duration: 27 Apr 20142 May 2014


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