Adsorption of phthalate esters on soil at near saturation conditions

J. G. Hunter, C. G. Uchrin

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Batch studies were performed to determine the adsorption behavior of dimethyl phthalate ester and diethyl phthalate ester on two sandy New Jersey soils at near saturation conditions. One soil had a very low organic matter content (<0.012%) while the other was quite higher (1.33%). Both esters displayed BET type adsorption to the high organic content soil, while little adsorption was displayed to the low organic matter soil. Linear, Langmuir, Freundlich, BET, and a composite isotherm proposed by Marinas and Li were fitted to the data. The composite isotherm fir best in all cases. The diethyl phthalate evidence a greater tendency to adsorb than the dimethyl phthalate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1503-1515
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering


  • Adsorption
  • Groundwater
  • Phthalate esters


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