Copper Speciation in Marine Waters

  • Richard W. Zuehlke
  • Dana R. Kester
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 9)


The properties of a naturally occurring copper-organic complex have been examined. Two binding sites for copper were found and their protonation and copper-binding properties characterized. The parameters thus obtained have been used to develop a pH-dependent speciation model for dissolved copper in seawater. The resulting predictions of free and labile copper concentrations are examined and discussed with respect to copper’s toxicity, adsorption, and voltammetric analysis.


Humic Acid Stability Constant Fulvic Acid Copper Speciation Copper Binding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard W. Zuehlke
    • 1
  • Dana R. Kester
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of OceanographyUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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