Highly mobile iron pool from a dissolution-readsorption process

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Oxalate (C(2)O(4)(2-)) acts synergistically on the dissolution of goethite (alpha-FeOOH) in the presence of siderophores that are secreted by plants and microorganisms to sequester iron. We report here the first in situ molecular-scale observations of synergistic ligand-promoted dissolution processes. We show that there are conditions under which oxalate promotes goethite dissolution, but dissolved Fe(III) concentrations do not increase because Fe(III)-oxalate complexes readsorb to the mineral surface. We demonstrate that these readsorbed Fe(III)-oxalate complexes are highly mobile, extremely reactive in the presence of uncomplexed siderophores, and responsible for the synergistic effects on the dissolution of goethite.


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  • Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7054-7057
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
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