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Soil chemical behaviour of cadmium pigments from paints
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Land and Water Resources Engineering. (Miljögeokemi)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8771-7941
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Abstract [en]

A review focusing on the thermodynamic stability and dissolution rates of Cd-containing sulphides and selenides from paints is presented. In the surface horizon of Swedish agricultural soils, cadmium sulphide, CdS(s), and cadmium selenide, CdSe(s), are shown to be thermodynamically unstable. The presence of electron acceptors such as oxygen gas and iron(III) will lead to gradual dissolution of these compounds. The dissolution rate of Cd-containing sulphides is dependent on the amount of crystalline zinc sulphide in contact with the cadmium, as zinc will be dissolved preferentially from a mixed cadmium zinc sulphide mineral. In the absence of crystalline zinc sulphide, Cd will be dissolved completely after 1-3 years. The presence of crystalline zinc sulphide can extend the life span of CdS to 1-2 decades; however, sewage sludge contains mostly amorphous ZnS that will dissolve more quickly. In conclusion, if a time frame of several decades is applied, it is very likely that Cd from Cd pigments has a similar solubility and bioavailability as an easily soluble Cd salt such as cadmium chloride.

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Sundbyberg: Swedish Chemicals Agency , 2013. , 20 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-124498OAI: diva2:635870

QC 20140124

Available from: 2013-07-06 Created: 2013-07-06 Last updated: 2014-01-24Bibliographically approved

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