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Iron isotopic fractionation driven by low-temperature biogeochemical processes


Iron is geologically important and biochemically crucial for all microorganisms, plants and animals due to its redox exchange, the involvement in electron transport and metabolic processes. Despite the abundance of iron in the earth crust, its bioavailability is very limited in nature due to its occurrence as ferrihydrite, goethite, and hematite where they are thermodynamically stable with low dissolution kinetics in neutral or alkaline environments. Organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and plants have evolved iron acquisition mechanisms to increase its bioavailability in such environments, thereby, contributing largely to the iron cycle in the environment. Biogeochemical cycling of metals including Fe in natural systems usually results in stable isotope fractionation; the extent of fractionation depends on processes involved. Our review suggests that significant fractionation of iron isotopes occurs in low-temperature environments, where the extent of fractionation is greatly governed by several biogeochemical processes such as redox reaction, alteration, complexation, adsorption, oxidation and reduction, with or without the influence of microorganisms. This paper includes relevant data sets on the theoretical calculations, experimental prediction, as well as laboratory studies on stable iron isotopes fractionation induced by different biogeochemical processes.
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hal-03977912 , version 1 (03-03-2023)



Nang-Htay Yin, Pascale Louvat, Aubin Thibault-De-Chanvalon, Mathieu Sebilo, David Amouroux. Iron isotopic fractionation driven by low-temperature biogeochemical processes. Chemosphere, 2023, 316, pp.137802. ⟨10.1016/j.chemosphere.2023.137802⟩. ⟨hal-03977912⟩
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