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William L. Kingery is Professor of Agronomy in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr. Kingery received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from Auburn University, and his M.S. and B.S. in Agronomy from Louisiana State University. Dr. Kingery's research group has published papers in a number of journals including Langmuir and Naturwissenschaften. His research interests focus on the application of fundamental chemical techniques to studies in soil science, and to problems in contaminant fate and nutrient management. He and his colleagues have been involved in the application of advanced nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in soils research, animal waste management for land productivity and water quality, and watershed assessment modeling. He has co-organized several symposia at the Soil Science Society of America annual meetings and at the International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements. Dr. Kingery served as chair of the Soil Mineralogy Division of the Soil Science Society of America.

Geochemical and Hydrological Reactivity of Heavy Metals in Soils

Kingery, William L.
Publisher: Lewis Publishers
ISBN: 1566706238
Collaborators: H. Magdi Selim

Demonstrates how soil hydrology and geochemistry determine heavy metal reactivity and mobility in soils through the multi-reaction and transport approach.

Highlights recent developments in analytical techniques such as advanced spectroscopy and microscopy that have generated clearer interpretations of the interactions between heavy metals and soil.

Evaluates the critical aspects of biogeochemistry and soil hydrology and their influence on the fate and transport of heavy metals in soils.

Introduces a Web-based 3-D simulation system for heavy metals transport in soil
Quantifies and describes desorption/release processes and dissolution reactions

Our technology-based society demands the use of enormous quantities of heavy metals. Yet society also demands the prevention, and the remediation, of soil contaminated with heavy metals. A unified presentation of recent developments that will help achieve these goals, Geochemical and Hydrological Reactivity of Heavy Metals in Soils discusses new techniques used to analyze the diverse array of surface reactions governed by physical, chemical, and biological processes.

The book covers the reaction mechanisms of the component molecules, the linkages between these molecules, and the juxtaposition and spacing of reactive surface functional groups. It highlights analytical techniques for characterizing mobile soil colloids, provides the latest results on important biologically mediated pathways, and reveals how modeling perspectives from molecular to macroscopic levels are all used to gain new insights into metal contaminant processes in the environment.

With contributions from a hand-picked panel and the editorial guidance of undisputed experts, the book focuses on the complexity of chemical processes in "real" systems and provides the tools used to understand them. One of the few books that comprehensively illustrates the cause-and-effect relationship of these chemical processes, Geochemical and Hydrological Reactivity of Heavy Metals in Soils is a practical guide for soil and groundwater scientists, ecologists, and government regulators.