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Polymer-Modified Fe(0) Nanoparticles Target Entrapped NAPL in Two Dimensional Porous Media: Effect of Particle Concentration, NAPL Saturation, and Injection Strategy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
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2011 (English)In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 45, no 14, 6102-6109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Polymer-modified nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) particles are delivered into porous media for in situ remediation of nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) source zones. A systematic and quantitative evaluation of NAPL targeting by polymer-modified NZVI in two-dimensional (2-D) porous media under field-relevant conditions has not been reported. This work evaluated the importance of NZVI particle concentration, NAPL saturation, and injection strategy on the ability of polymer-modified NZVI (MRNIP2) to target the NAPL/water interface in situ in a 2-D porous media model. Dodecane was used as a NAPL model compound for this first demonstration of source zone targeting in 2-D. A driving force for NAPL targeting, the surface activity of MRNIP2 at the NAPL/water interface was verified ex situ by its ability to emulsify NAPL in water. MRNIP2 at low particle concentration (0.5 g/L) did not accumulate in or near entrapped NAPL, however, MRNIP2 at moderate and high particle concentrations (3 and 15 g/L) did accumulate preferentially at entrapped NAPL, i.e., it was capable of in situ targeting. The amount of MRNIP2 that targets a NAPL source depends on NAPL saturation (S(n)), presumably because the saturation controls the available NAPL/water interfacial area and the flow field through the NAPL source. At effective S(n) close or equal to 100%, MRNIP2 bypassed NAPL and accumulated only at the periphery of the entrapped NAPL region. At lower S(n), flow also carries MRNIP2 to NAPL/water interfaces internal to the entrapped NAPL region. However, the mass of accumulated MRNIP2 per unit available NAPL/water interfacial area is relatively constant (similar to 0.8 g/m(2) for MRNIP2 = 3 g/L) from S(n) = 13 to similar to 100%, suggesting that NAPL targeting is mostly controlled by MRNIP2 sorption onto the NAPL/water interface.

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2011. Vol. 45, no 14, 6102-6109 p.
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156956DOI: 10.1021/es200577nISI: 000292850200027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156956DiVA: diva2:435830
Available from: 2011-08-20 Created: 2011-08-11 Last updated: 2013-01-08Bibliographically approved

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