Experimental and theoretical diffusivities of Cd and Sr in hydrous ferric oxide

Lisa Axe, Paul R. Anderson

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Oxides of manganese, aluminum, and especially iron are important sorbents for inorganic contaminants. The sorption process can be characterized by two steps. The first step is a rapid, reversible reaction between the bulk aqueous phase and external surfaces. The slow, second step is the rate limiting mechanism wherein the contaminant diffuses through small pores along surface sites. Isotherm and constant boundary condition studies were conducted to evaluate the sorption process. Best fit experimental surface diffusivities ranged from 10-14 to 6 x 10-13 cm2/s. Using site activation theory and assuming a sinusoidal potential field along the pore surface, theoretical surface diffusion coefficients were estimated from the adsorption enthalpy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-448
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


  • Cadmium
  • Iron oxides
  • Sorption
  • Strontium
  • Surface diffusion


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