Electrodialytic remediation of suspended soil – Comparison of two different soil fractions

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    Electrodialytic remediation (EDR) can be used for removal of heavy metals from suspended soil, which allows for the soil remediation to be a continuous process. The present paper focused on the processing parameters for remediation of a soil polluted with Cu and As from wood preservation. Six electrodialytic treatments lasting from 5 to 22 days with different liquid to solid ratio (L/S) and current intensity were conducted. Among treatments, the highest removal was obtained from the soil fines with 5mA current at L/S 3.5 after 22 days where 96% of Cu and 64% of As were removed. Comparing the removal from the original soil and the soil fines in experiments with identical charge transportation, higher removal efficiency was observed from the soil fines. Constant current with 5mA could be maintained at L/S 3.5 for the soil fines while not for the original soil. Doubling current to 10mA could not be maintained for the soil fines either, and doubling L/S to 7 at 5mA entailed a very fast acidification which impeded the removal. The results showed that a very delicate balancing of current density and L/S must be maintained to obtain the most efficient removal.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
    Pages (from-to)229-235
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Soil remediation
    • Original soil
    • Heavy metals
    • Soil fines
    • Electrodialysis


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