Offers coverage of the environmental behaviour of detergent additives, focusing on physiochemical interactions with soil and sediments. This text presents the current state of knowledge on recently introduced detergent additives, including zeolites, polycarboxylate compounds, ethylene dinitrilotetraacetic acid (EDTA), and nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA).
Surfactants: loading surface waters with surfactants; physicochemical interactions of surfactants and contaminants in soil; analytical methods for surfactants and complexing agents at concentrations relevant to environmental occurrences. Zeolites: zeolites in the environment. Polycarboxylates: significance of polycarboxylates in detergents; trace analysis of polycarboxylates in water; interactions of polycarboxylate (PCA) with major inorganic soil components; biological and physicochemical aspects of polycarboxylate behaviour in the environment. Complexing acids: nitrilotriacetic acids: physicochemical and ecological properties; physicochemical properties of ethylene dinitrilotetraacetic acid and its consequences of its distribution in the aquatic environment.