Phytoremediation and the electrokinetic process: Potential use for the phytoremediation of antimony and arsenic

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Abstract

Remediation of soils contaminated with metals and/or metalloids is of special importance due to the increasing number of mining activities or, on the other hand, to their closing which will produce environmental residues. Phytoremediation has been extensively used to rehabilitate soils with this type of contamination, but it can face some limitations like bioavailability of contaminants. Electrokinetic (EK) process is a physico-chemical remediation technology that relies in the application of a low-intensity direct current to improve mobilisation of contaminants. This chapter encloses an overview of both technologies applied in separate and together, discussing its potential, limitations and future perspectives. The suitability of EK-assisted phytoremediation in the remediation of a mine soil from China contaminated with arsenic and antimony is also briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhytoremediation: Management of Environmental Contaminants, Volume 2
EditorsAA Ansari, SS Gill, R Gill, GR Lanza, L Newman
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages199-209
Number of pages11
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-10969-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-10968-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Publication series

NamePhytoremediation: Management of Environmental Contaminants
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Volume2

Keywords

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • EK-assisted phytoremediation
  • Metals/metalloids
  • Mining areas

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