Project Title: Performance comparison of innovative metal(loid) nanosorbents in smelter-polluted soils: Geochemical and ecotoxicological benchmarks
Project number: 21-23794J
Czech Applicant: Michael Komárek
Czech Co-applicant: Vojtěch Ettler, Ph.D. (Charles University in Prague - CUNI)
Russian Applicant: Alexander Neaman, Ph.D. (Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow - RUDN)
Project schedule: 2021-2023
Total project budget: 6.439,500 CZK
Industrial barrens associated with non-ferrous smelter operations have been a major concern in many countries arond the world. The proposed project will evaluated the suitability of nano zerovalent iron and manganese, in combination with dolomite and biochar, for lowering metal (loid) solubility and promoting plant and microorganism development in soils polluted by nonferrous smelters. During the first year, we will examine the sorbents‘ efficacy by conducting a series of ex situ experiments. We will then select two of the most fitting treatments to startsmallscale field experiments. The project’s deliverables will demonstrate metal(loid) behavior patterns in soil-microorganism systems in real field conditions and thus enable us to establish the most appropriate remediation strategies. The project will benefit from the proposed collaboration between Czech and Russian Instituions.