Electrokinetic Extraction of Metals from Soils

  • D. Max Roundhill
Part of the Modern Inorganic Chemistry book series (MICE)


Removal of metals from soils presents a different challenge than their removal from waters. In particular, in certain locations it is advantageous to carry out the in situ remediation of soils without having to excavate and remove them for off-site cleansing. As discussed in chapter 3, this situation is particularly important if the soil is covered by buildings or trees that need to be retained in an undamaged state. The analytical challenges can also be problematic, yet before a strategy for metal removal is decided upon, it is important that the amounts and distributions of the metals be precisely known. Because the metals are strongly occluded into the zeolite soil structure they are difficult to release for accurate assays, therefore an in situ method must be used. If the metals are present in moderate to high quantities an electrokinetic approach may be the method of choice.


Metal Removal Pore Fluid Electroosmotic Flow Elemental Mercury Electrokinetic Remediation 
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  • D. Max Roundhill
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  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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