A Quantum Statistical Approach to Remediation Effect of Humic Substances

Autor(en): Aleksandrova, Olga N.
Schulz, Marcus
Matthies, Michael
Stichwörter: ACID; Aromaticity index; CROSS-POLARIZATION; ELECTRON-PARAMAGNETIC-RESONANCE; Environmental Sciences; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; FRACTIONS; Free organic radicals; Grand canonical Gibbs distribution; H-1; Humic substances; LIGNIN; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences; Natural remediation; NUCLEAR MAGNETIC-RESONANCE; ORGANIC-MATTER; Paramagnetic properties of humic substances; Protons as Fermi particles; Quantum statistical approach; RADICALS; Reversible red cell aggregation; SPECTROSCOPY; Water Resources
Erscheinungsdatum: 2011
Volumen: 221
Ausgabe: 1-4
Startseite: 203
Seitenende: 214
Among various remediation factors, dissolved organic matter including humic substances (HS) has substantial effect on environmental contamination significantly changing the contaminant's degradation, bioavailability, reactivity, and immobilization. However, the effects strongly depend on HS concentrations and their aromaticity index (AI). To understand underlying phenomena of remediation action of HS, which is revealed to occur within a definite interval of HS concentrations in water solution, a quantum statistical approach is supposed. Developing this approach, a model of protons as Fermi particles in humic substances was advanced for the first time and applied to describe transformations of HS molecules, i.e., multipoles into micelle structures, which in turn provide for mediating effects in water. Sufficiently high concentration of micelle granules in water solution exists if the concentration of HS lies within a definite interval. It was demonstrated applying a grand canonical Gibbs distribution method to a statistical ensemble of HS particles. Our approach allows for understanding and quantifying some biological and physiological processes connected with mediating action of HS, as for example the reversible red cell aggregation influenced by HS, adsorption of HS particles by cancer cells, and effect of HS on human resistibility to inflammatory processes of different kinds. Application of our results to water systems may be helpful to optimize waste processing and disposal.
ISSN: 00496979
DOI: 10.1007/s11270-011-0783-z

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