Ni adsorption and Ni-Al LDH precipitation in a sandy aquifer: An experimental and mechanistic modeling study

I.C. Regelink, E.J.M. Temminghoff

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Abstract

Mining activities and industries have created nickel (Ni) contaminations in many parts of the world. The objective of this study is to increase our understanding of Ni adsorption and Nickel-Aluminium Layered Double Hydroxide (Ni-Al LDH) precipitation to reduce Ni mobility in a sandy soil aquifer. At pH =7.2 both adsorption and Ni-Al LDH precipitation occurred. In batch experiments with the sandy soil up to 70% of oxalate-extractable Al was taken up in LDH formation during 56 days. In a long term column experiment 99% of influent Ni was retained at pH 7.5 due to Ni adsorption (˜34%) and Ni-Al LDH precipitation (˜66%) based on mechanistic reactive transport modeling. The subsequent leaching at pH 6.5 could be largely attributed to desorption. Our results show that even in sandy aquifers with relatively low Al content, Ni-Al LDH precipitation is a promising mechanism to immobilize Ni. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)716-721
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume159
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • dissolution kinetics
  • nickel sorption
  • soil
  • zn
  • pyrophyllite
  • interface
  • clay
  • stability
  • minerals
  • gibbsite

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