Aquatic Humic Substances: Relationship Between Origin and Complexing Capacity

  • María de Jesús González-Guadarrama
  • Ma. Aurora Armienta-Hernández
  • André H. Rosa


Aiming to determine the relationship between source and complexing capacity, humic substances obtained from three sites (Sorocaba and Itapanhau Brasilian rivers, and Xochimilco Lake in Mexico) were studied. Copper, manganese, zinc and arsenic complexing capacity were determined for the three substances under various pH conditions. Results showed similar complexing capacity for the three elements depending on the chemistry of each one and on the physico–chemical conditions. Speciation diagrams showed that these conditions affect both, the humic substances, and the transition metals and arsenic.


Aquatic humic substances Complexation Transition metals Arsenic pH Redox 



CONACYT by Grant Number 447460, Olivia Cruz, Alejandra Aguayo and Nora Ceniceros by their collaboration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Posgrado en Ciencias del Mar y LimnologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico cityMexico
  2. 2.Instituto de GeofísicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico cityMexico
  3. 3.Departamento de Engenharia AmbientalUniversidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita FilhoSão PauloBrazil

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