Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 2272–2282

Release of vanadium from oxidized sediments: insights from different extraction and leaching procedures

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11356-013-2149-0

Cite this article as:
Cappuyns, V. & Swennen, R. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2014) 21: 2272. doi:10.1007/s11356-013-2149-0


Although the attention for vanadium (V) as a potentially harmful element is growing and some countries adopted threshold values for V in soils, sediments, groundwater, or surface water, V is generally of little importance in environmental legislation and the knowledge about the behavior of V in the environment is still limited. In the present study, the release of V from oxidized sediments, sediment-derived soils, and certified reference materials was investigated by means of several types of leaching tests and extractions that are frequently used for soil and sediment characterization. The pHstat leaching tests and single and sequential extractions applied in this study show that V generally displays a very limited actual and potential mobility in sediment. “Mobile” V concentrations, as estimated by the amount of V released by a single extraction with CaCl2 0.01 mol L−1, were low, even in the most contaminated sediment samples. Only under strongly acidifying conditions (pH 2), such as in the case of ingestion of soil or sediment or in accidental spills, a substantial release of V can be expected.


Contamination Leaching pHstat test Sediment Single extractions Trace element 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and BusinessHogeschool-Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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