Use of Humic Substances to Remediate Polluted Environments: From Theory to Practice

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Use of Humates to Remediate Polluted Environments: From Theory to Practice Zvenigorod, Russia 23–29 September 2002

  • Irina V. Perminova
  • Kirk Hatfield
  • Norbert Hertkorn

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Remedial properties of humic substances: general considerations and problems in addressing needs of environmental remediation

  3. Complexing interactions of humic substances with heavy metals and radionuclides and their remedial implementation

  4. Sorptive-partitioning interactions of humic substances with organic ecotoxicants and their implementation for remediation technologies

    1. G.U. Balcke, A. Georgi, S. Woszidlo, F.-D. Kopinke, J. Poerschmann
      Pages 203-232
    2. D.R. van Stempvoort, S. Lesage, J. Molson
      Pages 233-256
    3. P. Princz, J. Olah, S.E. Smith, K. Hatfield, M.E. Litrico
      Pages 267-282
  5. Impact of humic substances on physiological functions of living organisms and on microbial transformations of ecotoxicants

  6. Quantifying structure and properties of humic substances and example studies on design of humic materials of the desired properties

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 499-506

About these proceedings


Effective remediation of polluted environments is a priority in both Eastern and Western countries. In the U.S. and Europe, remediation costs generally exceed the net economic value of the land. As a result, scientists and engineers on both sides of the Atlantic have aggressively tried to develop novel technologies to meet regulatory standards at a fraction of the costs. In situ remediation shows considerable promise from both technical and economic perspectives. In situ technologies that deploy natural attenuating agents such as humic substances (HS) may be even more cost effective. Numerous studies have shown humics capable of altering both the chemical and the physical speciation of the ecotoxicants and in turn attenuate potential adverse environmental repercussions. Furthermore, the reserves of inexpensive humic materials are immense. Which suggests HS portend great promise as inexpensive amendments to mitigate the environmental impacts of ecotoxicants and as active agents in remediation. To elucidate emerging concepts of humics-based remediation technologies, we organized the NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW), entitled "Use of humates to remediate polluted environments: from theory to practice", held on September 23-29, 2002 in Zvenigorod, Russia (see the web-site


Bioremediation Phytoremediation chemistry environment migration reaction wastewater

Editors and affiliations

  • Irina V. Perminova
    • 1
  • Kirk Hatfield
    • 2
  • Norbert Hertkorn
    • 3
  1. 1.Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Ecological ChemistryGSF-Research Center for Environmental HealthNeuherbergGermany

Bibliographic information