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Title: Experimental determination of lead carbonate solubility at high ionic strengths: A Pitzer model description

In this article, solubility measurements of lead carbonate, PbCO 3(cr), cerussite, as a function of total ionic strengths are conducted in the mixtures of NaCl and NaHCO 3 up to I = 1.2 mol•kg –1 and in the mixtures of NaHCO 3 and Na 2CO 3 up to I = 5.2 mol•kg –1, at room temperature (22.5 ± 0.5 °C). The solubility constant (log K sp) for cerussite, PbCO 3(cr) = Pb 2+ + CO 3 2- was determined as –13.76 ± 0.15 (2σ) with a set of Pitzer parameters describing the specific interactions of PbCO 3(aq), Pb(CO 3) 2 2-, and Pb(CO 3)Cl with the bulk-supporting electrolytes, based on the Pitzer model. The model developed in this work can reproduce the experimental results including model-independent solubility values from the literature over a wide range of ionic strengths with satisfactory accuracy. The model is expected to find applications in numerous fields, including the accurate description of chemical behavior of lead in geological repositories, the modeling of formation of oxidized Pb–Zn ore deposits, and the environmental remediation of lead contamination.
  1. Sandia National Labs. (SNL), Carlsbad, NM (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0026-9247; 562486
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Monatshefte fuer Chemie
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 146; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 0026-9247
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; lead contamination remediation; cerussite; oxidized lead-zinc ore deposits; solution chemistry; nuclear waste management; waste isolation pilot plant
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