Effect of Ten Quaternary Ammonium Cations on Tetrachloromethane Sorption to Clay from Water

James A. Smith, Peter R. Jaffe, Cary T. Chiou

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The mineral surface of Wyoming bentonite (clay) was modified by replacing inorganic ions by each of 10 quaternary ammonium compounds, and tetrachioromethane sorption to the modified sorbents from water was studied. Tetrachioromethane sorption from solution to clay modified with tetramethyl; tetraethyl-, benzyltrimethyl-, or benzyltriethylammonium cations generally is characterized by relatively high solute uptake, isotherm nonlinearity, and competitive sorption (with trichloroethene as the competing sorbate). For these sorbents, the ethyl functional groups yield reduced sorptive capacity relative to methyl groups, whereas the benzyl group appears to have a similar effect on sorbent capacity as the methyl group. Sorption of tetrachioromethane to clay modified with dodecyldimethyl(2-phenoxyethyl)-, dodecyltrimethyl-, tetradecyltrimethyl-, hexadecyltrimethyl-, or benzyldimethylhexadecylammonium bromide is characterized by relatively low solute uptake, isotherm linearity, and noncompetitive sorption. For these sorbents, an increase in the size of the nonpolar functional group(s) causes an increase in the organic carbon normalized sorption coefficient (Koc). No measurable uptake of tetrachioromethane sorption by the unmodified clay or clay modified by ammonium bromide was observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1167-1172
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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