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Immobilization of Cu and As in two contaminated soils with zero-valent iron - Long-term performance and mechanisms
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Land and Water Resources Engineering. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8771-7941
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2016 (English)In: Applied Geochemistry, ISSN 0883-2927, E-ISSN 1872-9134, Vol. 67, 144-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Immobilization of trace elements in contaminated soils by zero-valent iron (ZVI) is a promising remediation method, but questions about its long-term performance remain unanswered. To quantify immobilization and predict possible contaminant remobilization on long timescales detailed knowledge about immobilization mechanisms is needed. This study aimed at assessing the long-term effect of ZVI amendments on dissolved copper and arsenic in contaminated soils, at exploring the immobilization mechanism(s), and at setting up a geochemical model able to estimate dissolved copper and arsenic under different scenarios. Samples from untreated and ZVI-treated plots in two field experiments where ZVI had been added 6 and 15 years ago were investigated by a combination of batch experiments, geochemical modeling and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. Dissolved copper and arsenic concentrations were described by a multisurface geochemical model with surface complexation reactions, verified by EXAFS. The ZVI remained "reactive" after 6-15 years, i. e. the dissolved concentrations of copper and arsenic were lower in the ZVI-treated than in the untreated soils. There was a shift in copper speciation from organic matter complexes in the untreated soil to surface complexes with iron (hydr)oxides in the ZVI-treated soil. The pH value was important for copper immobilization and ZVI did not have a stabilizing effect if pH was lower than about 6. Immobilization of arsenic was slightly pH-dependent and sensitive to the competition with phosphate. If phosphate was ignored in the modeling, the dissolution of arsenate was greatly underestimated. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 67, 144-152 p.
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Copper, Arsenic, ZVI, Zero-valent iron, Iron (hydr)oxide, Immobilization, Stabilization, Contaminated soil, Remediation, Geochemical modeling, Surface complexation model, EXAFS spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185608DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.02.009ISI: 000372720900013ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84959353433OAI: diva2:924263
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