In-situ Lead Removal by Iron Nano Particles Coated with Nickel

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

2 Prof., Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

3 Prof., Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

4 MSc Graduate of Civil Engineering, International Institute of Erthquake Engineering and Seismology, Tehran, Iran


This study investigates the potential of nano-zero-valent iron particles coated with nickel in the removal of lead (Pb2+) from porous media. For this purpose, the nano-particles were initially synthesized and later stablilized using the strach biopolymer prior to conducting batch and continuous experiments. The results of the batch experiments revealed that the reaction kinetics fitted well with the pseudo-first-order adsorption model and that the reaction rate ranged from 0.001 to 0.035 g/mg/min depending on solution pH and the molar ratio of Fe/Pb. Continuous experiments showed that lead remediation was mostly influenced not only by seepage velocity but also by the quantity and freshness of nZVI as well as the grain type of the porous media. Maximum Pb2+ removal rates obtained in the batch and lab models were 95% and 80%, respectively. Based on the present study, S-nZVI may be suggested as an efficient agent for in-situ remediation of groundwater contaminated with lead.


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