Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 33, Supplement 1, pp 13–22 | Cite as

Abiotic subsurface behaviors of As(V) with Fe(II)

  • Sang-Hun Lee
  • Woosik Jung
  • Byong-Hun Jeon
  • Jae-Young Choi
  • Sunjoon Kim
Original Paper


Subsurface geochemical behavior of As(V) with Fe(II) was studied under strict anoxic conditions. Abiotic reduction of As(V) (0.1 mM) to As(III) by aqueous Fe(II) and sorbed Fe(II) in pH range 5.0–7.0 and Fe(II)aq concentration (0.6–1.2 mM) was investigated along with the effect of As(V) on the oxidation of Fe(II) by dissolved oxygen (DO). Although the reduction was thermodynamically feasible for homogeneous chemical conditions, practically no As(V) reduction by aqueous Fe(II) was observed. Similarly, no sorbed As(V) reduction was observed under the heterogeneous experimental conditions by sorbed Fe(II) onto synthetic iron oxide (hematite, α-Fe2O3). Experimental results on Fe(II) oxidation by DO in the presence of 0.1 mM As(V) showed a significantly slower Fe(II) oxidation, which might be due to the formation of Fe(II)–As(V) complex in the aqueous phase. The results of this study demonstrate that As(V) is relatively stable in the presence of Fe(II) under subsurface environment and interfere the oxidation of Fe(II).


Groundwater Ferrous Arsenate Abiotic reduction 



This research was supported by Korea Mine Reclamation Corporation, 21st Frontier research project (Sustainable Water Resources Research Center 3-4-3), Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (KRF-D0028), and Global Research Laboratory project (Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources NP2008-019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sang-Hun Lee
    • 1
  • Woosik Jung
    • 2
  • Byong-Hun Jeon
    • 2
  • Jae-Young Choi
    • 3
  • Sunjoon Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Natural Resources and Environmental EngineeringHanyang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Environmental EngineeringYonsei UniversityWonju, Gangwon-doSouth Korea
  3. 3.Environmental Remediation Group, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)Gangneung InstituteGangneung, Gangwon-doSouth Korea

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