[Synchronous treatment of heavy metal ions and nitrate by zero-valent iron].Huan Jing Ke Xue. 2009 Mar 15; 30(3):775-9.HJ
The wastewater which contains bivalent copper and nitrate, bivalent nickel and nitrate, hexavalent chromium and nitrate were simultaneously treated by the zero-valent iron (Fe(0)) system to investigate the feasibility of using Fe(0) for the remediation of contaminated groundwater. The experimental results indicate that nitrate has no obvious effect on the removal of heavy metals, and different heavy metal has different impacts on the removal of nitrate. Bivalent copper accelerates the nitrate removal percentage and the reaction rate. 50 mg x L(-1) bivalent copper made the nitrate removal percentage in 120 min increase from 38.2% to 95.0%, meanwhile made k(obs) of the nitrate reduction increase from 0.004 3 to 0.033 9 min(-1). And the more the concentrations of bivalent copper are, the higher the nitrate removal percentage and the reaction rate are. And it is the bivalent copper that makes the apparent activation energy of the nitrate reduction by Fe(0) decrease from 40.8 k x mol(-1) to 21.1 kJ x mol(-1), which leads to the increase of the reaction rate. When Fe(0) simultaneously treats the wastewater containing bivalent nickel and nitrate, they have no obvious effects on each other. When Fe(0) simultaneously treats the wastewater containing hexavalent chromium and nitrate, the results show the nitrate concentration remains unchanged, and prove that hexavalent chromium decreases the nitrate removal speed.