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Green rust (GR) as highly reactive iron mineral potentially plays a key role for the fate of (in)organic contaminants, such as chromium or arsenic, and nitroaromatic compounds functioning both as sorbent and reductant. GR forms as corrosion product of steel but is also naturally present in hydromorphic soils and sediments forming as metastable intermediate(More)
Bioreduction of the well-crystallized ferric oxyhydroxide gamma-FeOOH lepidocrocite was investigated in batch cultures using Shewanella putrefaciens bacterium (strain CIP 8040) at initial pH 7.5 in bicarbonate buffer. The cultures were performed with formate as electron donor without phosphate, in the presence or absence of anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate(More)
Arsenic sorption onto maghemite potentially contributes to arsenic retention in magnetite-based arsenic removal processes because maghemite is the most common oxidation product of magnetite and may form a coating on magnetite surfaces. Such a sorption reaction could also favor arsenic immobilization at redox boundaries in groundwaters. The nature of arsenic(More)
There are longstanding and ongoing controversies about the abiotic or biological origin of nanocrystals of magnetite. On Earth, magnetotactic bacteria perform biomineralization of intracellular magnetite nanoparticles under a controlled pathway. These bacteria are ubiquitous in modern natural environments. However, their identification in ancient geological(More)
The modes of As(III) sorption onto two-line ferrihydrite (Fh), hematite (Hm), goethite (Gt), and lepidocrocite (Lp) have been investigated under anoxic condition using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy (XANES) indicates that the absence of oxygen minimized As(III) oxidation due to Fenton reactions.(More)
Euglena gracilis is a photosynthetic eukaryote ubiquitous in arsenic-polluted acid mine drainages and is locally exposed to As(III) and As(V) concentrations up to 250 and 100 mg L(-1), respectively. Here, arsenic speciation in E. graciliswas determined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and selected (bio)chemical methods on cells grown at nonlimiting(More)
To reduce the adverse effects of arsenic on humans, various technologies are used to remove arsenic from groundwater, most relying on As adsorption on Fe-(oxyhydr)oxides and concomitant oxidation of As(III) by dissolved O(2). This reaction can be catalyzed by microbial activity or by strongly oxidizing radical species known to form upon oxidation of Fe(II)(More)
Arsenic sorption onto iron oxide spinels such as magnetite may contribute to arsenic immobilization at redox fronts in soils, sediments, and aquifers, as well as in putative remediation and water treatment technologies. We have investigated As(V) speciation resulting from different sorption processes on magnetite nanoparticles, including both adsorption and(More)
Ferrihydrite (Fh) is a nanocrystalline ferric oxyhydroxide involved in the retention of pollutants in natural systems and in water-treatment processes. The status and properties of major chemical impurities in natural Fh is however still scarcely documented. Here we investigated the structure of aluminum-rich Fh, and their role in arsenic scavenging in(More)
The knowledge of arsenic speciation at the surface of green rusts (GRs), [Fe(II)((1-x))Fe(III)(x) (OH)(2)](x+) (CO(3), Cl, SO(4))(x-), is environmentally relevant because arsenic sorption onto GRs could contribute to arsenic retention in anoxic environments (hydromorphic soils, marine sediments, etc.). The nature of arsenic adsorption complexes on(More)