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Title: Potentiometric studies of the acid–base properties of tropical humic acids
Authors: Baidoo, Elvis
Ephraim, James H.
Darko, Godfred
Akoto, Osei
Keywords: Humic acids
Modeling
Potentiometric titration
Permeability
Rigidity
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2014
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: E. Baidoo et al. / Geoderma 217–218 (2014) 18–25., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.10.020
Abstract: The key to understanding cation binding to humic acids rests in the ability to quantify the acidic groups in the humic acids. Potentiometric titration has been effectively used in these quantitation and the results are very good. Also, potentiometric titration offers access to other behavioral information that may not be accessible when other methods (Baryta and acetate method) are used for the acidity estimations. The total acidities obtained ranged from4.5 to 13.0 mmol/g. Although there were differences in the shape of the titration curves, the normalized curves showed that humic acids of different sources can exhibit common similarities. The charge density curves were found generally to diverge with increasing pH, with the difference in charge density ranging from 0.01 to 0.43 meq/g at pH 5.0 for 2-fold increase in ionic strength. The experimental data when model with Stockholm humic model yielded a reasonably good fit with maximum root mean square error of 0.25. The humic acids generally exhibited a hydrophobic and rigid character. Also humic acids of tropical origin were observed to have high acidity.
Description: An article published by Elsevier B.V. and also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.10.020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12438
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