Journal article

Understanding the Impact of Soil Clay Mineralogy on the Adsorption Behavior of Zinc

Amir Behroozi, Meenakshi Arora, Tim David Fletcher, Andrew William Western, Justin Francis Costelloe

International Journal of Environmental Research | SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG | Published : 2021


Infiltration systems are increasingly used to reduce peak flows and mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff. Despite the benefits of infiltration systems, there is a risk for associated pollutants, including heavy metals to be introduced to the underlying soil and groundwater. The subsequent movement of metals in the subsurface and their potential to contaminate water resources is uncertain and profoundly depends on the adsorptive behavior of the surrounding soil. We used two soil types, one natural (quartz–kaolinite–muscovite) and one synthetic (quartz and kaolinite only) with different clay mineralogy to test their potential adsorptive capacities through batch systems, with Zn(II) as a r..

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Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Materials Characterization and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at the University of Melbourne for the XRD analysis and acknowledge the financial support of ARC DP170102870 for field and laboratory works. We also express our thanks to Mr. Murray Joseph for providing us silica sand 50N, silica flour 100G and kaolin K10 produced in Sibelco Australia Ltd. Co. Behroozi was supported by the Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) and Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) from the University of Melbourne. Fletcher was supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT100100144) during part of this work.