Field investigations and experimental work at a chlorinated solvent site in Långsele, Sweden

One of our students Markus Reischer could join a field investigation in Långsele – Sweden in week 37. This site is contaminated with chlorinated solvents and is investigated by Niras Sweden supported by Niras Denmark for a few years. The geology is set up by artificial deposit on top, followed by sandy sediments down to …

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Metal-Aid at the Goldschmidt conference 2017

From August 13 to 18 some of us, Andrew Thomas, Jeffrey Paulo Perez, Marco Mangayayam, Tobias Linke and me, Karen M. Dietmann, attended the 27th Goldschmidt Conference in Paris, France – for most of us this has been the first international conference. This conference is one of the largest and the most important meetings devoted …

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Introduction on Layered Double Hydroxides

Layered Double Hydroxides is the name of a group of substances, which consists of natural minerals as well as synthetic compounds providing the typical layered structure. As synthetic Layered Double Hydroxides you call compounds showing the same structure and properties as their natural analogues and which are yet undiscovered or not existent in the nature. …

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Chlorinated solvents: is it possible to turn them into “nicer” compounds?

In 2011-12, the European Soil Data Centre of the European Commission conducted a project aimed to collect data on contaminated sites in Europe using the European Environment Information and Observation Network for soil (EIONET-SOIL). According to this project there are around 342.000 identified polluted sites [1]. Common contaminants include heavy metals, mineral oil, explosives, hydrocarbons, …

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Heavy Metal and Metalloid Contamination in Europe and Worldwide

According to the European Environmental Agency, heavy metal contamination (Figs. 1-2) is the most prevalent form of soil and groundwater contamination in Europe [1]. Contamination by heavy metals and metalloids, including but not limited to arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel and uranium, occurs as a result of activities such as mining, smelting, manufacturing (especially …

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Soil and water pollution in Europe – A problem that concerns everyone

The lack of a solid and strong environmental policy and environmental awareness in the last decades greatly contributed to the contamination of soil and groundwater around Europe. According to a study called “Progress in the management of Contaminated Sites in Europe” developed by the Joint Research Center in 2014 there are about 2.5 million potentially …

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Mineralogical introduction

Metal-Aid focuses on the development, synthesis and application of mineral components as reactants to remediate soil and groundwater, which are contaminated by heavy metals and/or organic solvents. The studied minerals belong to the group of the layered double hydroxides (LDHs). Like clay minerals, LDHs have a layered structure, which is basically derived from the structure …

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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, …

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