Molecular Environmental Soil Science

  • Jianming Xu
  • Donald L. Sparks

Part of the Progress in Soil Science book series (PROSOIL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Soil Microbial Processes

  3. Heavy Metals in Soil

  4. Adsorption and Diffusion Processes in Soil

  5. Soil Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. Caixian Tang, Chandrakumara Weligama, Peter Sale
      Pages 389-412
    3. Philip C. Brookes, Juan C. Aciego Pietri, Yuping Wu, Jianming Xu
      Pages 413-428
    4. Bocar Ahamadou, Qiaoyun Huang
      Pages 429-480
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 481-490

About this book


This book focuses on the Critical Zone supporting life at the Earth’s surface with emphasis on the new and emerging subject area of molecular environmental soil science. Advances in research methodology, and the use of synchrotron radiation in particular, are extensively reviewed. The role of microbes and biomolecules in mineral transformations, metal cycling, and the degradation of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds are also highlighted. The book is unique because it integrates a number of key contributions from traditionally separate disciplines. It also adds an important, and much needed, molecular dimension to an area of science that has traditionally been viewed on larger scales. The book identifies  knowledge gaps, provides future research directions and addresses advances in research and education at molecular level. in this extremely important and challenging area of science for years to come. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Project Committee noted that the Conference, on which the book is based, identifies and builds on the need to view and understand the Critical Zone at the molecular level. The book will be an invaluable reference for researchers, students and professionals in this field of work.


Anthropogenic organics Critical Zone Interfacial interactions Molecular environmental soil science Vital and toxic elements hysicochemical and biological processes

Editors and affiliations

  • Jianming Xu
    • 1
  • Donald L. Sparks
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Soil and Water ResourcesZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina, People's Republic
  2. 2.Delaware Environmental InstituteUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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