Effect of Cr(VI) concentration on gas and particle production during iron oxidation in aqueous solutions containing Cl ions

Hyangsig Ahn, Ho Young Jo, Ji Hun Ryu, Yong Kwon Koh

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Abstract

Zero-valent iron (ZVI) is commonly used as a medium in permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) because of its high reducing ability. The generation of H2gas in PRBs, however, can decrease the permeability of PRBs and reduce the contact area between the PRB and contaminated groundwater. This study investigated the effect of the initial Cr(VI) concentration ([Cr(VI)init]) in aqueous solutions containing Clions on the generation of H2gas. ZVI chips were reacted in reactors with 0.5-M NaCl solutions with [Cr(VI)init] ranging between 51 and 303 mg/L. The initial pH was set at 3. The oxidation of ZVI chips by Cr(VI) in aqueous solutions containing Clions produced H2gas and particles (Fe(III)–Cr(III)(oxy)hydroxides). The Cr(VI) removal from aqueous solutions increased as the [Cr(VI)init] increased, as did H2gas generation. The positive effect of [Cr(VI)init] on H2gas generation might be due to an increase in the redox potential gradient as [Cr(VI)init] increases. This increased gradient would enhance H+ion penetration through the passive film (Fe(III)–Cr(III)(oxy)hydroxides), which formed on the ZVI surface, by diffusion from the solution to pits beneath the passive film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-473
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Technology (United Kingdom)
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 16

Keywords

  • Iron
  • chromium
  • hydrogen gas
  • oxidation
  • reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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