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Title: Injectable Silica–Permanganate Gel as a Slow-Release MnO4- Source for Groundwater Remediation. Rheological Properties and Release Dynamics

Injectable slow-release permanganate gel (ISRPG), formed by mixing KMnO4 solution with fumed silica powder, may have a potential application in remediating chlorinated solvent plumes in groundwater. A series of batch, column, and flow cell experiments has been completed to test the gel behavior under a variety of conditions. The experiments have provided information on ISRPG rheology, permanganate (MnO4- ) release dynamics and distribution, and trichloroethene (TCE) degradation by ISRPG-released oxidant. The gel possesses remarkable shear thinning characteristics, resulting in a relative low viscosity during mixing, and facilitating its subsurface injection and distribution. Batch tests revealed that MnO4- was diffused out from ISRPG into water while the gel did not dissolve or disperse into water but maintained its initial shape. Column experiments showed that MnO4- release from ISRPG lasted considerably longer than the release from aqueous solution. TCE degradation by ISRPG-released MnO4- was much more effective than that when MnO4- was delivered using aqueous solution injection. In two-dimensional flow cell experiments, it was demonstrated that ISRPG slowly released a long-lasting low concentration MnO4- plume sufficient for remediation and sustainable in an aquifer for a long period of time.
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  1. Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (China)
  2. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7887; 47929; 400403209
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Journal Name: Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts; Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 2
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory