Low-Temperature Oxygen Trap for Maintaining Strict Anoxic Conditions

by Byong-Hun Jeon, Research Associate; Dept. of Civ. & Envir. Engrg., Pennsylvania State Univ., 212 Sackett Bldg., University Park, PA 16802-1408.; formerly, Ph.D. candidate, Depet. of Civ. and Envir. Engrg., Pennsylvania State Univ., presently, Pacific Northwest Natl. Lab., P.O. Box 999, MS K8-96, Richland, WA 99352., bxj114@bama.ua.edu,
Brian A. Dempsey, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. & Envir. Engrg., Pennsylvania State Univ., 212 Sackett Bldg., University Park, PA 16802-1408,
Richard A. Royer, Res. Assoc.; Dept. of Civ. & Envir. Engrg., Pennsylvania State Univ., 212 Sackett Bldg., University Park, PA 16802-1408,
William D. Burgos, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. & Envir. Engrg., Pennsylvania State Univ., 212 Sackett Bldg., University Park, PA 16802-1408,


Serial Information: Issue 11, Pg. 1407-1410


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: A low-temperature O2 trap was designed in order to achieve strict anoxic conditions. The work was motivated by observation of slow oxidation of Fe(II) in an anaerobic chamber, leading to an estimated 3.8×10-7 atm O2 (well below the O2 monitor detection limit) despite recirculation of the N2:H2 atmosphere across a Pd catalyst. Very low O2 activity inside an anaerobic chamber can result in erroneous conclusions regarding oxidation-reduction reactivities in anoxic environments. The O2 trap consisted of two sequential barrier suspensions with 93.2 mM Fe(III) as ferric hydroxide, 0.90 mM FeCl2, and pH 8.1. The partial pressure of O2 was estimated to be less than 7.5×10-9 atm O2 when reactors were attached to the traps, based on no observed oxidation of Fe(II).

Subject Headings: Temperature effects | Oxygen | Oxidation | pH | Observation wells | Motivation |

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