Impact and importance of heterocyclic PAH in remediation: Adsorption of activated carbon

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Organic pollutants such as policyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (P AH) are found in groundwater of tar-oil contaminated former manufactured gas-plant or coking-plant sites and have been investigated in detail in the past. Tar-oil is often described as dense or light non aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL / LNAPL) and a main part of the water soluble fraction (i.e. solubilities of mg/L up to g/L) consists of polar PAH, N,S,O-heterocyclic compounds and their metabolites. The increased water solubility ofN,S,O-heterocyclic compounds compared to the parent non-polar P AH results in greater mobility and biological uptake with often no decrease in toxicity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCLEANUP 3rd International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference : Program and Proceedings
Number of pages2
PublisherCRC CARE
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978-1-921431-13-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference - 2009 - Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 27.09.200930.09.2009
Conference number: 3