Rafael Antonio García-Delgado

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Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) is used for the analysis of the influence of air relative humidity on the retention of hexane, benzene, toluene and p-xylene in a sandy soil under experimental conditions similar to those typical of soil vapor extraction (SVE). The advantages of IGC over other techniques, are (a) an efficient use of lab resources, (b) a high(More)
Alcohol sulfates are one of the most important types of commercial anionic surfactants and may pose serious environmental problems. The present study examines the sorption behavior of alcohol sulfates in an agricultural soil using a batch reactor and column experiments. Kinetics and equilibrium isotherms of the sorption and desorption processes of the(More)
A model is presented for the description of the pump and treat (or flushing) remediation of the saturated zone with non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) present as droplets. Sensitivity analysis shows that the most important variables are the NAPL droplet size and the distance through which the dissolved organic compound must diffuse to reach the advecting(More)
A two-dimensional numerical model has been developed to simulate the electrokinetic remediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals and has been validated using laboratory experiments performed with a copper spiked kaolin. The model divides the soil into compartments in a Cartesian grid and a non-conductivity barrier encloses the considered area.(More)
Lead and cadmium contamination of an agricultural soil has been studied using batch and column experiments. Thermodynamics of the retention phenomena may be represented by a Langmuir isotherm for an aqueous metal concentration up to 100 mg L(-1). First order kinetics with respect to the solid phase yield good predictability for both batch and column(More)
The influence of soil carbonate content on the fate of lead in soil was studied in a lab-scale column under different pH values of the contaminant solution. Results indicated that retention of this toxic heavy metal (up to 38% weight at pH = 5) occurred which was proportional to the total carbonate content. A decrease in the pH of the aqueous solution(More)
A laboratory study has been carried out to determine the feasibility of in situ remediation of chromium (VI)-contaminated soil using electrodialysis in relation to its speciation in soil. This technique is best suited for low-permeability soils or sediments, which may be difficult to remediate by other means and implies the application of a low-intensity(More)
A mathematical model is used for the interpretation of the results from earlier experimental studies in lab-scale columns on the contamination of a carbonatic soil with lead. Local equilibrium conditions suffice to reproduce the experimental curves for every pH value of the influent contaminant solution and carbonate content of the soils essayed, but(More)
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