Molecular orbital theory study on surface complex structures of glyphosate on goethite: Calculation of vibrational frequencies

Lorena Tribe, Kideok D. Kwon, Chad C. Trout, James D. Kubicki

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Abstract

Six possible complexes of glyphosate (O-PO(OH)-CH 2NH2+CH2CO2H) with an Fe-hydroxide dimer were modeled with hybrid molecular orbital/density functional theory calculations to establish the nature of the bonds of glyphosate on goethite (α-FeOOH). Monodentate and bidentate coordination of the phosphonate moiety were considered, using three forms of the glyphosate molecule appropriate for different pH ranges: glyphosate with both phosphonate and amino moieties protonated, glyphosate with unprotonated phosphonates, and glyphosate with both unprotonated phosphonates and no hydrogen ion on the amino group. The calculated infrared vibrational modes were compared to experimental values, finding particularly good agreements with the monodentate complexes in all the pH ranges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3836-3841
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume40
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry

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