Investigation of the effect of surfactant on the electrokinetic treatment of PFOA contaminated soil

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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Environmental Technology and Innovation, Volume 28
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a persistent, nonbiodegradable environmental pollutant progressively becoming more problematic. Due to its ubiquitous use, PFOA is one of the PFAS chemicals frequently detected in the environment. This study assessed electrokinetic (EK) technology as an in-situ remediation procedure to remove PFOA from kaolinite as a model soil. In this study, a 100 mg/kg of PFOA/kaolinite mixture was used, and the effectiveness of the unenhanced EK was compared with the surfactant-enhanced EK experiments with SDS, NaC, and Tween80. 5% (w/w) surfactants were added to the cathode in the EK experiments of one and two weeks long. The study evaluated the impacts of processing time and electric current on the EK performance. Electroosmosis and electromigration mechanisms affected PFOA transport in soil, causing PFOA to accumulate in the middle of the soil. However, the minimal accumulation of PFOA in the cathode region suggests that electromigration was the main transport mechanism. In a one-week EK experiment, the PFOA removal efficiency in the unenhanced EK process was 14.49% at 10 mA and 19.00% at 20 mA, while in surfactant enhanced EK, it was 17.67% at 10 mA and reached 32.66% at 20 mA. The PFOA removal in surfactant enhanced EK reached 75.58% in the two weeks EK experiments carried out at 20 mA. The NaC-EK experiment exhibited the highest PFOA removal, followed by the SDS-EK experiment and TW80-EK experiment. The outcomes show the feasibility of removing PFAS from contaminated soil using the surfactant-enhanced EK technique.
Funding Information: We thank the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for a PhD Scholarship to support this research project. Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s)
Electrokinetic, PFOA, Remediation, Soil decontamination, Surfactant enhancement
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Ganbat , N , Altaee , A , Zhou , J L , Lockwood , T , Al-Juboori , R A , Hamdi , F M , Karbassiyazdi , E , Samal , A K , Hawari , A & Khabbaz , H 2022 , ' Investigation of the effect of surfactant on the electrokinetic treatment of PFOA contaminated soil ' , Environmental Technology and Innovation , vol. 28 , 102938 .