Reactivity of FeIII oxyhydroxides with FeII in batch and dynamic flow systems

M. Usman, K. Hanna, M. Abdelmoula, C. Ruby, P. Faure

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Ferrihydrite is a poorly crystallized mineral and one of the most abundant iron minerals found in soils and sediments. The mineralogical transformation of ferrihydrite into FeII bearing minerals represents a potential way to improve the soil self-remediation capacity. Indeed, reduction by FeII may be a significant abiotic pathway in the natural attenuation of environmental contaminants including organic and inorganic pollutants. The aim of this laboratory study was to investigate the FeII induced mineralogical transformations of three matrices: ferrihydrite, ferrihydrite-rich sand and a pristine soil under static batch and flow through conditions. Since sorbed or structural FeII is more reactive than minerals bearing only FeIII to promote the remediation of various soil pollutants, generation of FeII bearing minerals in soil-packed columns was optimized. The starting and resulting solids were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectrometry, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater-Rock Interaction
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781439862995
ISBN (Print)9780415604260
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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