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J Hazard Mater. 2007 Nov 19;149(3):548-52. Epub 2007 Jun 29.

Arsenate removal by zero valent iron: batch and column tests.

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Environmental Pollution Control Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece.


This study investigates the efficiency of zero valent iron (ZVI) to remove arsenate from water. Batch experiments were carried out to study the removal kinetics of arsenate under different pH values and in the presence of low and high concentrations of various anions (chloride, carbonate, nitrate, phosphate, sulphate and borate), manganese and dissolved organic matter. Borate and organic matter, particularly at higher concentrations, inhibited the removal of arsenic. Column tests were carried out to investigate the removal of arsenate from tap water under dynamic conditions. The concentrations of arsenic and iron as well as the pH and Eh were measured in treated water. Efficient removal of arsenate was observed resulting at concentrations below the limit of 10 microg/L in treated waters.

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