RemScan: A tool for monitoring the bioremediation of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in contaminated soil

Khudur, L and Ball, A 2018, 'RemScan: A tool for monitoring the bioremediation of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in contaminated soil', MethodsX, vol. 5, pp. 705-709.


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Title RemScan: A tool for monitoring the bioremediation of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in contaminated soil
Author(s) Khudur, L
Ball, A
Year 2018
Journal name MethodsX
Volume number 5
Start page 705
End page 709
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Abstract Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) represent major environmental contaminants which pose a significant risk to ecosystems and humans heath if left untreated. Bioremediation represents a simple, cheap and environmentally-safe approach to clean up TPH-contaminated sites. Traditional TPH analysis is expensive and time-consuming. Here we assess, for the first time, the potential of RemScan as a fast, accurate and cost-effective portable device to be used as a tool to monitor the bioremediation process. A variety of TPH-contaminated soils were subject to TPH quantitative analysis using RemScan. The TPH values obtained were validated and compared against the results obtained from an accredited external laboratory, which uses Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) for TPH analysis. RemScan showed a correlation coefficient (R2) of 0.998 in comparison with the traditional methods, but importantly with a significant reduction in both time and cost. RemScan was successfully used to measure TPH concentrations in bioremediated, weathered-contaminated and highly contaminated soil samples with TPH concentrations varying from 100 to 100,000 mg kg?1. The RemScan Laboratory Station was used to minimize the source of errors associated with human manual handling.
Subject Environmental Management
Keyword(s) Accurate TPH assessment
Cost-effective technique
RemScan for monitoring bioremediation
Soil contamination
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.mex.2018.06.019
Copyright notice © 2018 The Author(s) Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
ISSN 2215-0161
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