Heavy metal stabilization in soils using waste resources - A critical review

Jung Eun Lim, Deok Hyun Moon, Kwon Rae Kim, Jae E. Yang, Sang Soo Lee, Yong Sik Ok

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Stabilization of metals in contaminated soils using various waste materials has been reported. Alkaline materials (limes, shells, industrial byproducts, etc.), phosphorous (P) containing materials (animal bones, phosphate rock, etc.), organic materials (composts, manures, biochars, etc.) and others (zerovalent iron, zeolite, etc.) were widely evaluated to ensure its effectiveness/applicability of stabilization of metals in soils. Stabilization mechanisms of those materials above were partially revealed, but the related literatures are still lacked and not sufficient for approaching to long-term stability/applicability in the field. The aims of this review are to summarize current knowledge of metal stabilization in contaminated soils using various waste materials and to suggest a direction for future field research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-174
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Applied Biological Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Adsorbent
  • Bioavailability
  • Biochar
  • Soil pollution
  • Soil remediation
  • Stabilizer
  • Waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Organic Chemistry

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