Abiotic Transformation at the Solid–Liquid Interface

  • Brian Berkowitz
  • Ishai Dror
  • Bruno Yaron


The aqueous environment in the vicinity of the subsurface solid matrix is different from that of the bulk water. The electric field emanating from the charged solid may strongly affect polarizable species of contaminants, and therefore, their potential for abiotic transformation is much greater at the solid–liquid interface than in natural bulk waters. Molecules in direct contact with reactive solid constituents often are subject to catalytic properties of the surface or interact with available adsorbing sites and can undergo a variety of transformations.


Humic Substance Humic Acid Organic Contaminant Clay Surface Complex Formation Constant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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