Adsorption and oxidation of 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazole-5-one (NTO) and its transformation product (3-amino-1,2,4-triazole-5-one, ATO) at ferrihydrite and birnessite surfaces
Root, Robert A.
Field, James A.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Soil Water & Environm Sci
Univ Arizona, Arizona Lab Emerging Contaminants
Univ Arizona, Dept Chem & Environm Engn
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CitationKhatiwada, R., Abrell, L., Li, G., Root, R. A., Sierra-Alvarez, R., Field, J. A., & Chorover, J. (2018). Adsorption and oxidation of 3-nitro-1, 2, 4-triazole-5-one (NTO) and its transformation product (3-amino-1, 2, 4-triazole-5-one, ATO) at ferrihydrite and birnessite surfaces. Environmental Pollution, 240, 200-208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.04.034
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AbstractThe emerging insensitive munitions compound (IMC) 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazole-5-one (NTO) is currently being used to replace conventional explosives such as 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazacyclohexane (RDX), but the environmental fate of this increasingly widespread IMC remains poorly understood. Upon release from unexploded solid phase ordinances, NTO exhibits high aqueous solubility and, hence, potential mobilization to groundwater. Adsorption and abiotic transformation at metal oxide surfaces are possible mechanisms for natural attenuation. Here, the reactions at ferrihydrite and birnessite surfaces of NTO and its biotransformation product, 3-amino-1, 2, 4-triazol-5-one (ATO), were studied in stirred batch reactor systems at controlled pH (7.0). The study was carried out at metal oxide solid to solution ratios (SSR) of 0.15, 1.5 and 15 g kg(-1). The samples were collected at various time intervals up to 3 h after reaction initiation, and analyzed using HPLC with photodiode array and mass spectrometric detection. We found no detectable adsorption or transformation of NTO upon reaction with birnessite, whereas ATO was highly susceptible to oxidation by the same mineral, showing nearly complete transformation within 5 min at 15 g kg(-1) SSR to urea, CO2(g) and N-2(g). The mean surface-area-normalized pseudo-first order rate constant (k) for ATO oxidation by birnessite across all SSRs was 0.05 +/- 0.022 h(-1) m(-2), and oxidation kinetics were independent of dissolved O-2 concentration. Both NTO and ATO were resistant to oxidation by ferrihydrite. However, NTO showed partial removal from solution upon reaction with ferrihydrite at 0.15 and 1.5 g kg(-1) SSR and complete loss at 15 g kg(-1) SSR due to strong adsorption. Conversely, ATO adsorption to ferrihydrite was much weaker than that measured for NTO. (C) 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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SponsorsUSA Department of Defense, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) [ER 2221]; NSF [CBET 0722579]; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences [DE-AC02-76SF00515]
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