Surfactant Effects on Desorption Rate of Nonionic Organic Compounds from Soils to Water

  • David Di Cesare
  • James A. Smith
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 134)


The widespread occurrence of organic contamination in groundwater systems has become an important environmental concern. Of particular interest are nonionic organic compounds, which sorb strongly to natural soil as a result of their characteristic low aqueous solubilities and hydrophobic nature. Consequently, the remediation of nonionic organic contamination in groundwater systems is often highly dependent on contaminant desorption from the sorbed to aqueous phase. The kinetics of desorption will significantly influence the extraction efficiency of pump-and-treat remedial methods that are capable of removing only dissolved phase contaminants.


Nonionic Surfactant Solubility Enhancement Apparent Solubility Surfactant Effect Ethylene Dibromide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Di Cesare
    • 1
  • James A. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.The Environmental Company, Inc.CharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering and Applied MechanicsUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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