Effect of soil texture on surfactant-based remediation of hydrophobic organic-contaminated soil

Dal Heui Lee, Robert D. Cody, Dong Ju Kim, Sangil Choi

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Surfactants may be used in remediation of subsoil and aquifer contaminated with hydrophobic compounds. The objectives of this study were to examine the effect of soil texture on hydrophobic organic contaminant (HOC; toluene, or 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene [TCB]) removal from six soils and to evaluate the optimal composition of soil texture for maximum HOC removal using aqueous surfactant solution. Selected surfactants were 4% (vol/vol) sodium diphenyl oxide disulfonate (DOSL) and 4% (wt/vol) sodium lauryl sulfate (LS). Toluene and TCB were selected as the lighter-than-water nonaqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) and denser-than-water nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) model substances, respectively. Soil types used for this study were Ottawa sand and five Iowa soils (Fruitfield, Keomah, Crippin, Webster, and Galvar). The greatest recovery of toluene and TCB in batch tests was 73% and 84%, respectively, which was obtained with DOSL surfactant in Ottawa sand. The toluene removal of 95% in column tests has been achieved in the Ottawa sand and three Iowa soils (Fruitfield, Keomah, Crippin) with DOSL after effluent volume of 3750 ml (about 32 pore volume) passed. TCB removal of 98% in column tests has been achieved in Ottawa sand and three Iowa soils (Fruitfield, Keomah, Crippin) with DOSL after effluent volume of 2500 ml (about 21 pore volume) passed. These results were related with soil texture (clay content 30%), clay mineralogy (kaolinite and smectite), as a function of transported pore volume.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-688
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironment International
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Apr 9

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Effect of soil texture on surfactant-based remediation of hydrophobic organic-contaminated soil. / Lee, Dal Heui; Cody, Robert D.; Kim, Dong Ju; Choi, Sangil.

In: Environment International, Vol. 27, No. 8, 09.04.2002, p. 681-688.

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Lee, Dal Heui ; Cody, Robert D. ; Kim, Dong Ju ; Choi, Sangil. / Effect of soil texture on surfactant-based remediation of hydrophobic organic-contaminated soil. In: Environment International. 2002 ; Vol. 27, No. 8. pp. 681-688.
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