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Geochemical Transactions

, 3:31

First Online: 26 February 2002Received: 17 December 2001Accepted: 19 February 2002


The Raman spectra of thioarsenite and arsenite species in aqueous solution were obtained at room temperature. Solutions at constant ΣAs + ΣS of 0.1 and 0.5 mol kg were prepared with various ΣS-ΣAs ratios 0.1–9.0 and pH values ~7–13.2. Our data suggest that the speciation of As under the conditions investigated is more complicated than previously thought. The Raman measurements offer evidence for at least six separate S-bearing As species whose principal bands are centered near 365, 385, 390, 400, 415 and 420 cm. The data suggest that at least two different species may give rise to bands at 385 cm, bringing the probable minimum number of species to seven. Several additional species are possible but could not be resolved definitively. In general, the relative proportions of these species are dependent on total As concentration, ΣS-ΣAs ratio and pH. At very low ΣS-ΣAs ratios we also observe Raman bands attributable to the dissociation products of H3AsO3aq. Although we were unable to assign precise stoichiometries for the various thioarsenite species, we were able to map out general pH and ΣS-ΣAs conditions under which the various thioarsenite and arsenite species are predominant. This study provides a basis for more detailed Raman spectroscopic and other types of investigations of the nature of thioarsenite species.

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Author: Scott A. Wood - C. Drew Tait - David R. Janecky

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