3. Sorption

  1. Ian J. Tinsley

Published Online: 2 JUN 2004

DOI: 10.1002/047166717X.ch3

Chemical Concepts in Pollutant Behavior

Chemical Concepts in Pollutant Behavior

How to Cite

Tinsley, I. J. (2004) Sorption, in Chemical Concepts in Pollutant Behavior, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/047166717X.ch3

Author Information

  1. Oregon State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUN 2004
  2. Published Print: 1 JUN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471095255

Online ISBN: 9780471667179



  • soil organic matter;
  • sorption isotherms;
  • Langmuir;
  • Freundlich and BET isotherms;
  • sorption indices;
  • Kom and Kd;
  • aqueous solubility;
  • octanol/air and octanol/water distribution coefficients;
  • pKa;
  • adsorption;
  • cation exchange;
  • partitioning


The distribution between water and soil or sediment is an important determinant of environmental behavior. Soil constituents are briefly reviewed in relation to sorption and chemical properties are considered in relation to sorption mechanisms. Distribution from the vapor phase onto soil and onto foliage is also discussed.