Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium in a Bavarian Roadside Soil

  • Edzard HangenEmail author
  • Thomas Dörr
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


As constituents of automobile exhaust catalysts platinum, palladium and rhodium are emitted by mechanical abrasion. Their deposition and vertical displacement in the soil was investigated along an east-west oriented transect at the Franken expressway (highway 73), Germany. With increasing distance to the road the concentrations of platinum, palladium and rhodium decreased exponentially. The influence of wind effects as well as of guard rails upon the lateral distribution of the three elements was clearly reflected. In view of a rising traffic density the pollution by platinum, palladium and rhodium becomes more important.


Platinum Palladium Rhodium Roadside soils Bavaria 



This study was financed by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health. We thank the Highway Maintenance Agency Erlangen for support in selecting optimal sampling points and for safeguarding during sampling activities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bavarian Environment AgencyHofGermany
  2. 2.Water Management Authority NurembergNurembergGermany

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