Adsorption and mobility of metals in build-up on road surfaces

Gunawardana, Chandima, Egodawatta, Prasanna, & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (2015) Adsorption and mobility of metals in build-up on road surfaces. Chemosphere, 119, pp. 1391-1398.

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Abstract

The study investigated the adsorption and bioavailability characteristics of traffic generated metals common to urban land uses, in road deposited solids particles. To validate the outcomes derived from the analysis of field samples, adsorption and desorption experiments were undertaken. The analysis of field samples revealed that metals are selectively adsorbed to different charge sites on solids. Zinc, copper, lead and nickel are adsorbed preferentially to oxides of manganese, iron and aluminium. Lead is adsorbed to organic matter through chemisorption. Cadmium and chromium form weak bonding through cation exchange with most of the particle sizes. Adsorption and desorption experiments revealed that at high metal concentrations, chromium, copper and lead form relatively strong bonds with solids particles while zinc is adsorbed through cation exchange with high likelihood of being released back into solution. Outcomes from this study provide specific guidance for the removal of metals from stormwater based on solids removal.

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ID Code: 79647
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Desorption, Traffic generated metals, Stormwater quality, Stormwater pollutant processes
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.02.048
ISSN: 0045-6535
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Chemosphere. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Chemosphere, Volume 119, (January 2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.02.048
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2014 05:55
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2015 18:13

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