Surfactant-Enhanced Alkaline Hydrolysis of Organophosphorus Pesticide DNAPL in the Journal Environmental Science Pollution Research
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The study presented in this paper evaluated the effectiveness of surfactants in enhancing mass removal of organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) from soil under highly alkaline conditions and potential for enhancing in situ alkaline hydrolysis for treatment of OPPs, particularly parathion (EP3) and methyl parathion (MP3).

In control and surfactant experiments, hydrolysis products EP2 acid, MP2 acid, and PNP were formed in non-stoichiometric amounts indicating instability of these compounds. MP3 and malathion were found to have faster hydrolysis rates than EP3 under the conditions studied. All surfactants evaluated increased solubility of OPPs under alkaline conditions with four nonionic alcohol ethoxylate products providing the greater affect over the polyglucosides, sulfonate, and propionate surfactants evaluated. The alcohol ethoxylates were shown to provide substantial mass removal of OPPs from soil. Hydrolysis rates were typically slower in the presence of surfactant, despite the relatively higher aqueous concentrations of OPPs; this was likely due to micellar solubilization of the OPPs which were therefore less accessible for hydrolysis. The results of this study support the use of surfactants for contaminant mass removal from soil, particularly under alkaline conditions, and may have implications for use of some surfactants in combination with other technologies for treatment of OPPs.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Leah MacKinnon, Neal Durant
  • All Authors: Leah MacKinnon, Neal Durant, Geosyntec Consultants; Jens Muff, Lars Frausing Bennedsen, Kirsten Rügge, Morten Bondgaard, Kurt D. Pennell
  • Title: Environmental Science Pollution Research (ESPR) journal
  • Event or Publication: Publication
  • Practice Areas: Soil and Structure Interaction Studies
  • Citation: Leah MacKinnon, P.Eng. (Ontario) and Neal Durant, Ph.D. (Washington, D.C.) coauthored a paper entitled "Solubility and reactivity of surfactant-enhanced alkaline hydrolysis of organophosphorus pesticide DNAPL" that was published in the journal Environmental Science Pollution Research (ESPR) on December 16, 2019.
  • Date: December 16, 2019
  • Publication Type: Journal Article