Physico-Chemical Concepts on the Fate of Organic Compounds

  • James W. Moore
  • S. Ramamoorthy
Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)


The concentration, behavior, and eventual fate of an organic compound in the aquatic environment are determined by a number of physico-chemical and biological processes. These processes include sorption-desorption, volatilization, and chemical and biological transformation. Solubility, vapor pressure, and the partition coefficient of a compound determine its concentration and residence time in water and hence the subsequent processes in that phase. The movement of an organic compound is largely dependent upon the physico-chemical interactions with other components of the aquatic environment. Such components include suspended solids, sediments, and biota.


Organic Compound Vapor Pressure Partition Coefficient Photochemical Reaction Molecular Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Moore
    • 1
  • S. Ramamoorthy
    • 1
  1. 1.Alberta Environmental CentreVegrevilleCanada

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