Overcoming permanganate stalling during electromigration

D. Hodges, Andy Fourie, D.G. Thomas, D.A. Reynolds

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    Electrokinetic experiments were undertaken to transport permanganate (MnO4-) through a low permeability porous media. The experiments employed a one-dimensional apparatus in which MnO4- was electromigrated through a central porous media core. Two outer porous media cores separated the electrode reservoirs from the inner permanganate source and permanganate target reservoirs. By utilizing a pH-isolation technique, whereby electrolysis reactions occurring at electrodes were isolated, uniform and repeatable MnO 4- electromigration was achieved. This result was compared with non-pH-isolated experiments (normal mode), which resulted in a stalled MnO 4- electromigration front. The research also investigated potential stalling mechanisms, including voltage gradient nonlinearity through the central porous media core and the reduction of MnO4- to Mn2+. It was observed that the voltage gradient decreased as a result of MnO4- stalling; however, it was not considered a stalling mechanism. Results from Mn 2+ analysis determined that the Mn2+ distribution for normal mode experiments extended partially beyond the extent of MnO4- electromigration; however, competing ions interfered with the analysis and definitive conclusions could not be made. pH-isolated experiments described in this research provide a simple method for implementing electrokinetic in situ chemical oxidation as a groundwater remediation technique where low permeability porous media exists. © 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)677-684
    JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering (United States)
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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