Remediation of lead contaminated soil by biochar-supported nano-hydroxyapatite

Zhangmei YANG, Zhanqiang FANG, Liuchun ZHENG, Wen CHENG, Po Keung Eric TSANG, Jianzhang FANG, Dongye ZHAO

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In this study, a high efficiency and low cost biochar-supported nano-hydroxyapatite (nHAP@BC) material was used in the remediation of lead (Pb)-contaminated soil. The remediation effect of nHAP@BC on Pb-contaminated soil was evaluated through batch experiments. The stability, bioaccessibility of Pb in the soil and the change in soil characteristics are discussed. Furthermore, the effects of the amendments on the growth of cabbage mustard seedlings and the accumulation of Pb were studied. The results showed that the immobilization rates of Pb in the soil were 71.9% and 56.8%, respectively, after a 28 day remediation using 8% nHAP and nHAP@BC materials, and the unit immobilization amount of nHAP@BC was 5.6 times that of nHAP, indicating that nHAP@BC can greatly reduce the cost of remediation of Pb in soil. After the nHAP@BC remediation, the residual fraction Pb increased by 61.4%, which greatly reduced the bioaccessibility of Pb in the soil. Moreover, nHAP@BC could effectively reduce the accumulation of Pb in plants by 31.4%. Overall, nHAP@BC can effectively remediate Pb-contaminated soil and accelerate the recovery of soil fertility. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-230
JournalEcotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Early online dateJun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


Yang, Z., Fang, Z., Zheng, L., Cheng, W., Tsang, P. E., Fang, J., et al. (2016). Remediation of lead contaminated soil by biochar-supported nano-hydroxyapatite. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 132, 224-230.


  • Lead contaminated soil
  • nHAP@BC
  • Soil properties
  • Bioavailability
  • Accumulation
  • Translocation


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