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Treatment of Trichlorothylene in the Subsurface Environment Using the Suspension of Nanoscale Palladized Iron and Electrokinetic Remediation Process

by Chang, Der-guang

Abstract (Summary)
The objective of this research was to evaluate the treatment efficiency of a trichloroethylene (TCE) contaminated soil by combined technologies of the suspension of palladized nanoiron and electrokinetic remediation process. First, nanoiron and palladized nanoiron were prepared using the chemical reduction method. Then they were characterized by various methods. Micrographs of scanning electron microscopy have shown that a majority of these nanoparticles were in the range of 50-80 nm. Specific surface areas were determined to be 76.88 m2/g and 100.61 m2/g for the former and latter, respectively. Results of X-ray diffractometry have shown that both types of nanoiron were poor in crystallinity. Three anionic dispersants were employed for evaluating their performance in stabilizing various nanoiron. Results have demonstrated that an addition of 1 wt% of Dispersant E during nanoiron preparation would result in a good stabilization of nanoiron. If the system pH was adjusted to 2.99, nanoparticles would settle rapidly. Batch tests were carried out to investigate the effects of various operating parameters on degradation of TCE in aqueous solutions. Experimental results have indicated that palladized nanoiron outperformed nanoiron in treatment of TCE in this study. The employment of Dispersant E would enhance the treatment efficiency further. Test results also showed that a linear increase of reaction rate constant was found with an increasing dose of palladium from 0.05 wt% to 1 wt% based on the mass of nanoiron. Further, an exponential increase of reaction rate constant would be obtained with an increasing pH. As for mixing intensity, it was found to be insignificant to the treatment efficiency of TCE in aqueous solutions. The final stage of this study was to evaluate the treatment efficiency of combined technologies of the suspension of palladized nanoiron and electrokinetic remediation process in treating a TCE-contaminated soil. Test conditions used were given as follows: (1) initial TCE concentration: 160-181 mg/kg; (2) electric potential gradient: 1 V/cm; (3) daily addition of 20 mL of suspension of palladized nanoiron (2.5 g/L) to the electrode reservoir; and (4) reaction time: 6 days. Test results have shown that addition of palladized iron suspension to the cathode reservoir yielded the lowest residual TCE concentration in soil. Namely, about 92.5% removal of TCE from soil. On the other hand, addition of palladized iron suspension to the anode reservoir would enhance the degradation of TCE therein. Based on the above findings, the treatment method employed in this work was proven to be a novel and efficient one in treating TCE-contaminated soil.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:none; Gordon C. C. Yang; Yong-chien Ling; none; New-Jin, Ho

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:groundwater pollution soil contamination electrokinetic process remediation palladized nanoiron trichloroethylene

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Date of Publication:08/31/2005

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