A technique using Tenax TA® beads as “sink” for desorbed solute was employed to measure the kinetics of desorption of chlorobenzenes, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from laboratory-contaminated sediment. First-order rate constants of rapid and slow desorption were in the order of 10−1/h and 10−3/h, respectively. The rate constants of slow desorption correlate well with the molecular volumes of the compounds used and decrease between 2 and 34 d of equilibration. Slowly desorbing fractions increase with both increasing solute hydrophobicity and increasing equilibration time.
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