Welcome to Metal-Aid

Welcome to the Metal-Aid project

Metal-Aid is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN), which is funded by the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project should address the problems of contaminated water sites across Europe. It is a partnership of 6 universities, 4 consulting companies and a government agency, from Denmark, Germany, Britain, Spain and Iceland. The project has started on July 1, 2016 and runs for four years. Over the course of the project, Metal-Aid will train 14 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).

The goal is to develop a new in situ method for remediating contaminated soil and groundwater, so that the activities on the land surface (e.g. houses, schools and businesses) are not disturbed. The target contaminant types are organic solvents and heavy metals and the reactants are based on natural occurring minerals. The research could be divided into four steps:

  1. Investigation and development of reactants based on natural minerals within the group of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with emphasis on the redox active green rust (GR)
  2. Characterisation of their physical and chemical properties and reactivity for safety assessment
  3. Quantification of the reactant effectiveness and long term stability in laboratory, column and field experiments and in comparison to their natural analogues
  4. Injection and monitoring of new reactants at field sites



Tobias Linke

University of Iceland


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