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Particulate organic matter (POM), composed of fine root fragments and other organic debris, is an important fraction of soil organic matter which can affect the fate of nanoparticles and influence their performance in nanoparticle-based remediation technologies due to aggregation. Effects of POM are not well studied compared with those of dissolved organic matter. In this research, POM was extracted from black soil by sieving, and heteroaggregation of selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) with POM and consequences for elemental mercury (Hg0) immobilization were investigated. It was found that low concentrations of more negatively charged POM (0-60 mg L-1) inhibited homoaggregation as well as heteroaggregation with SeNPs which had a lower negative charge through electrostatic repulsion. In the presence of high concentrations of POM (80-100 mg L-1), SeNPs were more likely to attach to POM with more Hg0 remaining in the POM since a larger concentration of nanoparticles would lead to more effective collisions. However, Hg0 immobilization efficiency using SeNPs was not significantly influenced by the addition of POM. This work is helpful to further understand the nanoparticle's behaviour in the environment and consequences for toxic metal remediation.
- Elemental mercury immobilization
- Particulate organic matter
- Selenium nanoparticles
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Chemistry
- General Chemistry
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
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