Transport characteristics of gas phase ozone in unsaturated porous media for in-situ chemical oxidation

Heechul Choi, Hyung Nam Lim, Jeongkon Kim, Tae Moon Hwang, Joon Wun Kang

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Laboratory column experiments were conducted by employing various porous media to delineate the characteristics of gaseous ozone transport in the unsaturated zone under various conditions. Water content, soil organic matter (SOM), and metal oxides (MOs) were found to be the factors most influential in the fate and transport of gaseous ozone in unsaturated porous media. The migration velocity of the gaseous ozone front was inversely proportional to the MO content of the porous media. Increased water content at fixed gas flux decreased the ozone breakthrough time proportionally as a result of reduced gas pore volume (PV) in the column, and increased pore water interfered with reactions of gaseous ozone with SOM and MOs on the surface of porous media. The feasibility of in-situ ozone injection for the remediation of unsaturated soils contaminated with either phenanthrene or diesel-range organics (DROs) was investigated under various conditions. The maximum removal after 1 h of ozone injection was achieved in columns packed with baked sand, followed, in descending order, by glass beads and by sand, indicating that catalytic ozone decomposition with MOs in columns packed with baked sand enhanced hydroxyl radical formation and resulted in increased contaminant removal. Overall removal efficiency of multicomponent C10-C24 DROs after 14 h of ozonation was 78.7%. Ozone transport was retarded considerably because of the high ozone demand of DROs, requiring more than 6 h for the gaseous ozone to initially break through the soil column under the experimental conditions tested in this study. Overall, gaseous ozone was readily delivered and transported to remediate unsaturated soils contaminated with phenanthrene and DROs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-98
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Contaminant Hydrology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Funding Information:
The authors thank the reviewers, Professors J. Hunt, S.J. Masten, and J. Matschullat, for their critical review and invaluable comments that improved the quality of this paper. This work was supported in part by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) through the Advanced Environmental Monitoring Research Center (ADEMRC) at the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (K-JIST) and by the U.S. Department of Energy under contract W-31-109-Eng-38.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology


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