Evolution of CO2 during birnessite-induced oxidation of 14C-labeled catechol

Emily H. Majcher, Jon Chorover, Jean Marc Bollag, P. M. Huang

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Abstract

Phenolic compounds undergo several transformation processes in soil and water (i.e., partial degradation, mineralization, and polymerization), many of which have been attributed primarily to biological activity. Resets from previous work indicate that naturally occurring Mn oxides are also capable of oxidizing phenolic compounds. In the present study, 14C-labeled catechol was reacted with birnessite (manganese oxide) in aqueous suspension at pH 4. The mass of catechol-derived C in solid, solution, and gas phases was quantified as a function of time. Between 5 and 16% of the total catechol C was liberated as CO2 from oxidation and abiotic ring cleavage under various conditions. Most of the 14C (55-83%) was incorporated into the solid phase in the form of stable organic reaction products whereas solution phase 14C concentrations increased from 16 to 39% with a doubling of total catechol added. Polymerization and CO2 evolution appear to be competitive pathways in the transformation of catechol since their relative importance was strongly dependent on initial birnessite-catechol reaction conditions. Solid phase Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra are consistent with the presence of phenolic, quinone, and aromatic ring cleavage products. Carbon dioxide release appears to be limited by availability of reactive birnessite surface sites and it is diminished in the presence of polymerized reaction products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalSoil Science Society of America Journal
Volume64
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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birnessite
catechol
carbon dioxide
phenolic compound
oxidation
polymerization
cleavage
manganese oxides
manganese oxide
solid solution
Fourier transform
phenolic compounds
oxide
mineralization
degradation
quinones
gas
aromatic compounds
product
bioactive properties

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  • Earth-Surface Processes

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Evolution of CO2 during birnessite-induced oxidation of 14C-labeled catechol. / Majcher, Emily H.; Chorover, Jon; Bollag, Jean Marc; Huang, P. M.

In: Soil Science Society of America Journal, Vol. 64, No. 1, 01.2000, p. 157-163.

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Majcher, Emily H. ; Chorover, Jon ; Bollag, Jean Marc ; Huang, P. M. / Evolution of CO2 during birnessite-induced oxidation of 14C-labeled catechol. In: Soil Science Society of America Journal. 2000 ; Vol. 64, No. 1. pp. 157-163.
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