Removal of Trace Metals and Improvement of Dredged Sediment Dewaterability by Bioleaching Combined with Fenton-like Reaction


Xiangfeng Zeng, Irena Twardowska, Shuhe Wei, Lina Sun, Jun Weng, Jianyu Zhu, Jianchao Cai


Bioleaching by Aspergillus niger strain SY1 combined with Fenton-like reaction was optimized to improve trace metal removal and dewaterability of dredged sediments. The major optimized parameters were the duration of bioleaching and H₂O₂ dose in Fenton-like process (5 days and 2g H₂O₂/L, respectively). Bioleaching resulted in the removal of ≈90% of Cd, ≈60% of Zn and Cu, ≈20% of Pb, and in decrease of sediment pH from 6.6 to 2.5 due to organic acids produced by A. niger. After addition of H₂O₂, Fenton-like reaction was initiated and further metal removal occurred. Overall efficiency of the combined process comprised: (i) reduction of Cd content in sediment by 99.5%, Cu and Zn by >70% and Pb by 39% as a result of metal release bound in all mobilizable fractions; (ii) decrease of sediment capillary suction time (CST) from 98.2s to 10.1s (by 89.8%) and specific resistance to filtration (SRF) from 37.4×10(12)m/kg to 6.2×10(12)m/kg (by 83.8%), due to reducing amount of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) by 68.7% and bound water content by 79.1%. The combined process was found to be an efficient method to remove trace metals and improve dewaterability of contaminated dredged sediments.

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Zeng X, Twardowska I, Wei S, Sun L, Wang J, Zhu J, Cai J.2015. Removal of trace metals and improvement of dredged sediment dewaterability by bioleaching combined with Fenton-like reaction. Journal of Hazardous Materials 288:51-59.