Use of Pitzer's equations to determine the media effect on the formation of lead chloro complexes

Frank J. Millero, Robert H. Byrne

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The spectrophotometric measurements of chloro complexes of lead in aqueous HCl, NaCl, MgCl2 and CaCl2 solutions at 25°C have been analyzed using Pitzer's specific interaction equations. Parameters for activity coefficients of the complexes PbCl+, PbCl20 and PbCl3- have been determined for the various media. Values of K1 = 30.0 ± 0.6, K2 = 106.7 ± 2.1 and K3 = 73.0 ± 1.5 were obtained for the cumulative formation constants. [Pb2+ + nCl- → PbCln2-n)]. These values are in reasonable agreement with literature data. The Pitzer parameters for the PbCl ion pairs in various media were used to calculate the speciation of Pb2+ in an artificial seawater solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1145-1150
Number of pages6
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1984


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  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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