The remediation of heavy metals contaminated sediment

J Hazard Mater. 2009 Jan 30;161(2-3):633-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2008.04.061. Epub 2008 Apr 24.


Heavy metal contamination has become a worldwide problem through disturbing the normal functions of rivers and lakes. Sediment, as the largest storage and resources of heavy metal, plays a rather important role in metal transformations. This paper provides a review on the geochemical forms, affecting factors and remediation technologies of heavy metal in sediment. The in situ remediation of sediment aims at increasing the stabilization of some metals such as the mobile and the exchangeable fractions; whereas, the ex situ remediation mainly aims at removing those potentially mobile metals, such as the Mn-oxides and the organic matter (OM) fraction. The pH and OM can directly change metals distribution in sediment; however oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), mainly through changing the pH values, indirectly alters metals distribution. Mainly ascribed to their simple operation mode, low costs and fast remediation effects, in situ remediation technologies, especially being fit for slight pollution sediment, are applied widely. However, for avoiding metal secondary pollution from sediment release, ex situ remediation should be the hot point in future research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Chemistry / methods
  • Electrochemistry / methods
  • Geologic Sediments*
  • Geology / methods
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Metals / chemistry
  • Metals, Heavy / analysis
  • Metals, Heavy / chemistry*
  • Models, Chemical
  • Silicon Dioxide
  • Soil Pollutants / chemistry*
  • Ultrasonics


  • Metals
  • Metals, Heavy
  • Soil Pollutants
  • Silicon Dioxide