Reduction of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene with Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron

by Welch, Regan Eileen

Abstract (Summary)
2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) contamination is widespread around munitions manufacturing and weapons testing areas. TNT is a toxic substance and suspected carcinogen. Current groundwater remediation technologies are invasive and costly, which results in delayed cleanup and contaminant migration. Nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) has been shown to reduce TNT to its less-harmful, biodegradable degradation products. This project involved NZVI synthesis, evaluation of NZVI kinetics, and its behavior in a soil matrix. Results show that NZVI is a highly effective reducing agent that is capable of TNT degradation in minutes. Further, the lifetime of NZVI makes it a practical technology for in situ application.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:nano zero valent iron tnt 2 4 6 trinitrotoluene


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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