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Electrokinetic-Enhanced Transport of Lactate-Modified Nanoscale Iron Particles for Degradation of Dinitrotoluene in Clayey Soils

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posted on 21.03.2012, 00:00 by Krishna R. Reddy, Kenneth Darko-Kagya, Claudio Cameselle
This study investigated the transport and reactivity of bare nanoscale iron particles (NIP) and lactate modified NIP (LM-NIP) in low permeability clayey soils contaminated with dinitrotoluene (DNT) under applied electric potential. Bench-scale electrokinetic experiments were performed at constant voltage gradient (1 VDC/cm) with DNT spiked kaolinite at a concentration of 920 mg/kg. A cylindrical Plexiglas cell (3.81 inner diameter, 13.5 cm length) specially designed for this study was used. NIP or LM-NIP at a concentration of 4 g/L was injected at location 3 cm from the anode. Aluminum lactate 10% (w/w) was used as modifier for LM-NIP. The results showed 41 to 65% of DNT degradation in the soil near the anode, while it was lower at 30 to 34% near the cathode. The highest DNT degradation was achieved using LM-NIP. The total degradation of DNT was attributed to both NIP and electrochemical process. Overall it was found that electrokinetic system can enhance the delivery of nanoscale iron particles in low permeability soils for the degradation of energetic organic contaminants such as DNT.


Financial support for this project was provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant CMMI #0727569), which is gratefully acknowledged.


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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Separation and Purification Technology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Separation and Purification Technology, Vol 79, Issue 2, (June 7, 2011) DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2011.01.033. The original publication is available at







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