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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Agricultural By-products as Adsorbents to Reduce Bioavailability of Contaminants

Location: Commodity Utilization Research

Project Number: 6054-41000-089-11-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 3, 2008
End Date: Mar 3, 2013

Objective:
This project has an objective to study how ARS-manufactured carbons can be used to adsorb heavy metals and chlorinated organics in contaminated sediments. This adsorption may cause the contaminants to be less available to biota.

Approach:
ARS will test ARS-manufactured activated carbons on surrogate wastewaters. The "best" carbons will be forwarded to the collaborator at University of Maryland. The collaborator will test the activated carbons in a sediment matrix for adsorption capabilities and for reduced contaminant bioavailability.

Last Modified: 2/23/2016
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