Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology
Chromate-containing precipitates can affect the mobility of toxic Cr(VI) in the subsurface, control its concentration in groundwater, limit its bioavailability, and impede remediation of chromium contaminated sites. This dissertation focuses on two iron-chromate precipitates, KFe [subscript 3](CrO4)[subscript 2](OH)[subscript 6] (the chromate analog of the sulfate mineral jarosite) and KFe(CrO4)[subscript 2].2H2O, that we identified in a soil contaminated by chrome plating solutions. The precipitates were identified using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, as well as powder x-ray diffraction. KFe[subscript 3](CrO4)[subscript 2](OH)[subscript 6] occurs as small (2-5 um) crystals interspersed within the bulk soil. KFe(CrO4)[subscript 2].2H2O forms crusts of larger crystals (10-50 um) in cracks and fractures of the soil.
Baron, Dirk, "Iron-chromate precipitates in CR(VI)-contaminated soils identification, solubility, and solid solution/aqueous solution reactions" (1996). Scholar Archive. 112.