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Biophysico-Chemical Processes of Heavy Metals and Metalloids in Soil Environments

Antonio Violante (Editor), Pan Ming Huang (Editor), Geoffrey M. Gadd (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-73778-0
658 pages
January 2008
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Written by a multidisciplinary group of soil and environmental scientists, Biophysico-Chemical Processes of Heavy Metals and Metalloids in Soil Environments provides the scientific community with a critical qualitative and quantitative review of the fundamentals of the processes of pollutants in soil environments. The book covers pollutants' speciation, mobility, bioavailability and toxicity, and impacts on development of innovative restoration strategies. In addition, the development of innovative remediation strategies for polluted soils is covered.
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Table of Contents

A. Fundamentals on Biotic and Abiotic Interactions of Metals and Metalloids with Soil Components.

A.1 Impacts of Physicochemical-Biological Interactions on Metal and Metalloid Transformations in Soils: An Overview (P.M. Huang).

A.2 Transformation and Mobilization of Metals, Metalloids and Radionuclides by Microorganisms (G.M. Gadd).

A.3 Kinetics and Mechanisms of Sorption/Desorption in Soils: A Multi-Scale Assessment (M.J. Borda and D.L. Sparks).

A.4 Spectroscopic Techniques for Studying Metal-Humic Complexes in Soil (N. Senesi and E. Loffredo).

A.5 Factors Affecting the Sorption-Desorption of Trace Elements in Soil Environments (A.Violante, G.S.R. Krishnamurti and M. Pigna).

A.6 Modeling Adsorption of Metals and Metalloids by Soil Components (S. Goldberg and L. J. Criscenti).

B. Transformations and Dynamics of Metals and Metalloids as Influenced by Soil-Root-Microbe Interactions.

B.1 Biogeochemistry of Metals and Metalloids at the Soil-Root Interface (F. Hinsinger and F. Courchesne).

B.2 Biogeochemical Processes Controlling the Cycling of Arsenic in Soils and Sediments (S. Fendorf, M. Herbel, K. J. Tufano, and B. D. Kocar).

B.3 Microbial Oxidation and Reduction of Iron in the Root Zone and Influences on Metal Mobility (S. C. Neubauer, D. Emerson, and J. P. Megonigal).

B.4 The Complexity of Aqueous Complexation: The Case of Aluminum- and Iron(III)-Citrate (M.E. Essington).

C. Speciation, Mobility and Bioavailability of Metals and Metalloids and Restoration of Contaminated Soils.

C.1 Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability of Trace Metals (G.S.R. Krishnamurti and R. Naidu).

C.2 Fractionation and Mobility of Trace Elements in Soils and Sediments (P. S. Fedotov and M. Miró).

C.3 Sources and Mobility of Metallic Radionuclides in Soil Systems (S. Staunton, C-S. Haudin, G. Wang and G. Shaw).

C.4 Remediation of Metal Contaminated Soils: An Overview (M. Grafe and R. Naidu).

C.5 Phosphate-Induced Lead Immobilization in Contaminated Soils: Mechanisms, Assessment and Field Applications (R. Melamed and L.Q. Ma).

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Author Information

Antonio Violante, FASA, FSSSA, is Professor of Soil Chemistry in the Department of Soil, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Dr. Violante has authored or coauthored more than 150 refereed research articles, book chapters, and invited reviews, and has coedited six books.

Pan Ming Huang, PhD, FAAAS, FASA, FCSSS, FSSSA, FWIF, is Professor Emeritus of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. Dr. Huang has authored over 300 refereed articles and book chapters, written two books, edited seventeen others, and served on many editorial boards. He received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the University of Saskatchewan and the Soil Science Research Award from the Soil Science Society of America.

Geoffrey Michael Gadd, PhD, DSc, FIBiol, FLS, FRSE, is the Head of the Division of Molecular and Environmental Microbiology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Professor Gadd has published over 190 refereed papers, over twenty edited books, and over forty book chapters. He has received the Berkeley Award and the Benefactor's Medal of the British Mycological Society, the Charles Thom Award of the Society for Industrial Microbiology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

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“Overall, this is a useful reference book for researchers and postgraduate students working in the area of metal/metalloid contamination in soil. Its strength is in environmental chemistry.”  (European Journal of Soil Science, 1 June 2009)

“The book is a comprehensive resource for environmental, agricultural, horticultural, and industrial researchers and scientists. It is also an excellent reference for regulators and practitioners in soil and environmental sciences and graduate students in related courses.” (APADE, 2009)

"This book is an important contribution to the literature on soil contamination by metals and its remediation." (Journal of Hazardous Materials, April 2008)

"It can be a very useful guide to the PhD students and scientists interests in environmental science and engineering, soil chemistry, mineralogy, biochemistry and microbiology as well as plant nutrition and physiology in relation with soil and biophysico-chemical processes." (Environmental Engineering and Management Journal)

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