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Project Publications: University of Arizona: Sequestration Processes for Attenuation and Treatment of Arsenic and other Toxic Elements in Mine Waters

Superfund Research Program

Sequestration Processes for Attenuation and Treatment of Arsenic and other Toxic Elements in Mine Waters

Project Leader: Mark L. Brusseau
Co-Investigators: James A. Field, Raina M. Maier, Jon Chorover
Grant Number: P42ES004940
Funding Period: 2000-2020
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  • Araujo JB, Brusseau ML. 2020. Assessing XMT measurement variability of air water interfacial areas in natural porous media. Water Resour Res 56:doi:10.1029/2019WR025470
  • Brusseau ML. 2020. Simulating PFAS transport influenced by rate-limited multi-process retention. Water Res 168:115179. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115179 PMID:31639593 PMCID:PMC6957125
  • Brusseau ML, Lyu Y, Yan N, Guo B. 2020. Low-concentration tracer tests to measure air-water interfacial area in porous media. Chemosphere 250:9. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.126305 PMID:32135438
  • Guo B, Zeng J, Brusseau ML. 2020. A mathematical model for the release, transport, and retention of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the vadose zone. Water Resour Res 56:doi:10.1029/2019WR026667
  • Jiang H, Guo B, Brusseau ML. 2020. Pore scale modeling of fluid fluid interfacial area in variably saturated porous media containing microscale surface roughness. Water Resour Res 56:doi:10.1029/2019WR025876
  • Lyu Y, Brusseau ML. 2020. The influence of solution chemistry on air-water interfacial adsorption and transport of PFOA in unsaturated porous media. Sci Total Environ doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136744




  • Danish M, Gu X, Lu S, Brusseau ML, Ahmad A, Naqvi M, Farooq U, Zaman WQ, Fu X, Miao Z. 2017. An efficient catalytic degradation of trichloroethene in a percarbonate system catalyzed by ultra-fine heterogeneous zeolite supported zero valent iron-nickel bimetallic composite. Appl Catal A Gen 531:177-186. doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2016.11.001 PMID:29104369 PMCID:PMC5665389
  • Duncan CM, Mainhagu J, Lin D, Brusseau ML. 2017. Analysis of trichloroethene vapour in soil-gas samples using solid-sorbent tubes with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Environ Chem 14:495-501. doi:10.1071/EN17161 PMID:30598624 PMCID:PMC6309363
  • Farooq U, Danish M, Lu S, Brusseau ML, Naqvi M, Fu X, Zhang X, Sui Q, Qiu Z. 2017. Efficient transformation in characteristics of cations supported-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for the destruction of trichloroethane. Appl Catal A Gen 544:10-20. doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2017.07.007 PMID:29353964 PMCID:PMC5772953
  • Fu X, Brusseau ML, Zang X, Farooq U, Qiu Z, Sui Q. 2017. Enhanced effect of HAH on citric acid-chelated Fe(II)-catalyzed percarbonate for trichloroethene degradation. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 24:24318–24326. doi:10.1007/s11356-017-0070-7 PMID:28889360
  • Fu X, Gu X, Lu S, Sharma VK, Brusseau ML, Xue Y, Danish M, Fu GY, Qiu Z, Sui Q. 2017. Benzene oxidation by Fe(III)-activated percarbonate: matrix-constituent effects and degradation pathways. Chem Eng J 309:22-29. PMID:28959136 PMCID:PMC5612506
  • Guo Z, Brusseau ML. 2017. Modified well-field configurations for improved performance of contaminant elution and tracer tests. Water Air Soil Pollut 228:261. doi:10.1007/s11270-017-3432-3
  • Guo Z, Brusseau ML. 2017. The impact of well-field configuration and permeability heterogeneity on contaminant mass removal and plume persistence. J Hazard Mater 333:109-115. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2017.03.012 PMID:28342351 PMCID:PMC5426908
  • Guo Z, Brusseau ML. 2017. The impact of well-field configuration on contaminant mass removal and plume persistence for homogeneous versus layered systems. Hydrological Processes 31:4748-4756. doi:10.1002/hyp.11393 PMID:29755199 PMCID:PMC5944865
  • Liu G, Zhong H, Jiang Y, Brusseau ML, Huang J, Shi L, Liu Z, Liu Y, Zeng G. 2017. Effect of low-concentration rhamnolipid biosurfactant on Pseudomonas aeruginosa transport in natural porous media. Water Resour Res 53:361-375. doi:10.1002/2016wr019832 PMID:28943669 PMCID:PMC5607479
  • Lyu Y, Brusseau ML. 2017. Optimizing the gas absorption/chemical reaction method for measuring air-water interfacial area in porous media. Water Air Soil Pollut 228:8-8. doi:10.1007/s11270-017-3637-5
  • Lyu Y, Brusseau ML, El Ouni A, Araujo JB, Su X. 2017. The gas-absorption/chemical-reaction method for measuring air-water interfacial area in natural porous media. Water Resour Res 53:9519-9527. doi:10.1002/2017WR021717 PMID:29662253 PMCID:PMC5898451
  • Pu M, Ma Y, Wan J, Wang Y, Wang J, Brusseau ML. 2017. Activation performance and mechanism of a novel heterogeneous persulfate catalyst: metal-organic frameworkMIL-53(Fe) with Fe-II/Fe-III mixed-valence coordinatively unsaturated iron center. Catal Sci Technol 7:1129-1140. doi:10.1039/C6CY02355J PMID:29104750 PMCID:PMC5665402
  • Rehman Z, Khan S, Brusseau ML, Shah MT. 2017. Lead and cadmium contamination and exposure risk assessment via consumption of vegetables grown in agricultural soils of five-selected regions of Pakistan. Chemosphere 168:1589-1596. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.11.152 PMID:27939659
  • Yan N, Li M, Liu Y, Liu F, Brusseau ML. 2017. Kinetic and thermodynamic studies of chlorinated organic compound degradation by siderite-activated peroxide and persulfate. Water Air Soil Pollut 228:9-9. doi:10.1007/s11270-017-3631-y
  • Zhang X, Gu X, Lu S, Brusseau ML, Xu M, Qiu Z, Fu X, Sui Q. 2017. Application of ascorbic acid to enhance trichioroethene degradation by Fe(III)-activated calcium peroxide. Chem Eng J 325:188-198. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2017.05.004 PMID:29104449 PMCID:PMC5665388
  • Zhong H, Tian Y, Yang Q, Brusseau ML, Yang L, Zeng G. 2017. Degradation of landfill leachate compounds by persulfate for groundwater remediation. Chem Eng J 307:399-407. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2016.08.069 PMID:28584519 PMCID:PMC5456458


  • Li M, Zhai Y, Wan L. 2016. Measurement of NAPL-water interfacial areas and mass transfer rates in two-dimensional flow cell. Water Sci Technol 74(9):2145-2151. doi:10.2166/wst.2016.397 PMID:27842034
  • McDonald K, Carroll KC, Brusseau ML. 2016. Comparison of fluid-fluid interfacial areas measured with X-ray microtomography and interfacial partitioning tracer tests for the same samples. Water Resour Res 52:5393-5399. doi:10.1002/2016wr018775 PMID:28936003 PMCID:PMC5603264
  • Rehman Z, Khan S, Qin K, Brusseau ML, Shah MT, Din I. 2016. Quantification of inorganic arsenic exposure and cancer risk via consumption of vegetables in southern selected districts of Pakistan. Sci Total Environ 550:321-329. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.01.094 PMID:26820935 PMCID:PMC4833018
  • Xue Y, Gu X, Lu S, Miao Z, Brusseau ML, Xu M, Fu X, Zhang X, Qiu Z, Sui Q. 2016. The destruction of benzene by calcium peroxide activated with Fe(II) in water. Chem Eng J 302:187-193. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2016.05.016 PMID:28943778 PMCID:PMC5607478
  • Yan N, Liu F, Chen Y, Brusseau ML. 2016. Influence of groundwater constituents on 1,4-dioxane degradation by a binary oxidant system. Water Air Soil Pollut 227:436. doi:10.1007/s11270-016-3146-y PMID:28943674 PMCID:PMC5603204
  • Zhang X, Gu X, Lu S, Miao Z, Xu M, Fu X, Danish M, Brusseau ML, Qiu Z, Sui Q. 2016. Enhanced degradation of trichloroethene by calcium peroxide activated with Fe(III) in the presence of citric acid. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering 10(3):502-512. PMID:28959499 PMCID:PMC5613293
  • Zhong H, El Ouni A, Lin D, Wang B, Brusseau ML. 2016. The two-phase flow IPTT method for measurement of nonwetting-wetting fluid interfacial areas at higher nonwetting saturations in natural porous media. Water Resour Res 52:5506-5515. doi:10.1002/2016WR018783 PMID:28959079 PMCID:PMC5614450
  • Zhong H, Liu G, Jiang Y, Brusseau ML, Liu Z, Liu Y, Zeng G. 2016. Effect of low-concentration rhamnolipid on transport of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 9027 in an ideal porous medium with hydrophilic or hydrophobic surfaces. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 139:244-248. doi:10.1016/j.colsurfb.2015.11.024 PMID:26722821 PMCID:PMC4833015
  • Zhong H, Zhang H, Liu Z, Yang X, Brusseau ML, Zeng G. 2016. Sub-CMC solubilization of dodecane by rhamnolipid in saturated porous media. Sci Rep 6:33266. doi:10.1038/srep33266 PMID:27619361 PMCID:PMC5020404



  • Brusseau ML, Guo Z. 2014. Assessing contaminant-removal conditions and plume persistence through analysis of data from long-term pump-and-treat operations. J Contam Hydrol 164:16-24. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.05.004 PMID:24914523 PMCID:PMC4117718
  • Mainhagu J, Morrison C, Truex M, Oostrom M, Brusseau ML. 2014. Measuring spatial variability of vapor flux to characterize vadose-zone VOC sources: flow-cell experiments. J Contam Hydrol 167:32-43. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.07.007 PMID:25171394 PMCID:PMC4278747
  • Marble JC, Brusseau ML, Carroll KC, Plaschke M, Fuhrig L, Brinker F. 2014. Application of a persistent dissolved-phase reactive treatment zone for mitigation of mass discharge from sources located in lower-permeability sediments. Water Air Soil Pollut 225:2198. doi:10.1007/s11270-014-2198-0 PMID:26300570 PMCID:PMC4540080
  • Matthieu DE, Brusseau ML, Guo Z, Plaschke M, Carroll KC, Brinker F. 2014. Persistence of a groundwater contaminant plume after hydraulic source containment at a chlorinated-solvent contaminated site. Ground Water Monit Remediat 34(4):23-32. PMID:26069436 PMCID:PMC4459649
  • Miao Z, Carreon-Diazconti C, Carroll KC, Brusseau ML. 2014. The impact of biostimulation on the fate of sulfate and associated sulfur dynamics in groundwater. J Contam Hydrol 164:240-250. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.06.010 PMID:25016586 PMCID:PMC4136432
  • Monger GR, Morrison C, Brusseau ML. 2014. Using a gas-phase tracer test to characterize the impact of landfill gas generation on advective-dispersive transport of VOCs in the vadose sone. Water Air Soil Pollut 225:doi:10.1007/s11270-014-2226-0 PMID:26380532 PMCID:PMC4568564
  • Musielak M, Brusseau ML, Marcoux M, Morrison C, Quintard M. 2014. Determination of chlorinated solvent sorption by porous material-application to trichloroethene vapor on cement mortar. Transp Porous Media 104(1):77-90. doi:10.1007/s11242-014-0321-8 PMID:25530647 PMCID:PMC4269331
  • Ramirez-Andreotta M, Brusseau ML, Artiola JF, Maier RM, Gandolfi A. 2014. Building a co-created citizen science program with gardeners neighboring a superfund site: The Gardenroots case study. Chapter 15 in: Public Health: Improving Health via Inter-Professional Collaborations. Nova Science Publishers, pp.183-201.
  • Ramirez-Andreotta M, Brusseau ML, Artiola JF, Maier RM, Gandolfi A. 2014. Environmental research translation: enhancing interactions with communities at contaminated sites. Sci Total Environ 497-498:651-664. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.08.021 PMID:25173762 PMCID:PMC4186773
  • Schnaar GA, Brusseau ML. 2014. Nonideal transport of contaminants in heterogeneous porous media: 11 Testing the experiment condition dependency of the continuous-distribution rate model for sorption-desorption. Water Air Soil Pollut 225:doi:10.1007/s11270-014-2136-1 PMID:26380531 PMCID:PMC4568558




  • Brusseau ML, Carroll KC, Allen T, Baker J, DiGuiseppi W, Hatton J, Morrison C, Russo AE, Berkompas J. 2011. Impact of in situ chemical oxidation on contaminant mass discharge: Linking source-zone and plume-scale characterizations of remediation performance. Environ Sci Technol 45(12):5352-5358. doi:10.1021/es200716s PMID:21615133 PMCID:PMC3157310
  • Brusseau ML, Hatton J, DiGuiseppi W. 2011. Assessing the impact of source-zone remediation efforts at the contaminant-plume scale through analysis of contaminant mass discharge. J Contam Hydrol 126:130-139. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2011.08.003 PMID:22115080 PMCID:PMC3224343
  • defilippo EL, Brusseau ML. 2011. Assessment of a simple function to evaluate the relationship between mass flux reduction and mass removal for organic-liquid contaminated source zones. J Contam Hydrol 123:104-113. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2010.12.011 PMID:21262552 PMCID:PMC3061350
  • Difilippo EL, Brusseau ML. 2011. Application of light reflection visualization for measuring organic-liquid saturation for two-phase systems in two-dimensional flow cells. Environ Eng Sci 28:803-809. doi:10.1089/ees.2010.0471 PMID:26457050 PMCID:PMC4598534





  • Brusseau ML, Nelson NT, Zhang Z, Blue JE, Rohrer J, Allen T. 2007. Source-zone characterization of a chlorinated-solvent contaminated Superfund site in Tucson, AZ. J Contam Hydrol 90(1-2):21-40. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2006.09.004 PMID:17049404
  • Brusseau ML, Peng S, Schnaar GA, Murao A. 2007. Measuring air-water interfacial areas with X-ray microtomography and interfacial partitioning tracer tests. Environ Sci Technol 41(6):1956-61. PMID:17410790
  • Tick GR, McColl C, Yolcubal I, Brusseau ML. 2007. Gas-phase diffusive tracer test for the in-situ measurement of tortuosity in the vadose zone. Water Air Soil Pollut 184:355-62.


  • Brusseau ML, Peng S, Schnaar GA, Costanza-Robinson MS. 2006. Relationships among air-water interfacial area, capillary pressure, and water saturation for a sandy porous medium. Water Resour Res 42(3):W03501.
  • Brusseau ML, Sandrin SK, Li L, Yolcubal I, Jordan FL, Maier RM. 2006. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 8. The influence of microbial system variability on transport behavior and parameter determination. Water Resour Res 42(4):W04406.
  • Carroll KC, Artiola JF, Brusseau ML. 2006. Transport of molybdenum in a biosolid-amended alkaline soil. Chemosphere 65(5):778-785. PMID:16674987
  • Schnaar GA, Brusseau ML. 2006. Characterizing pore-scale configuration of organic immiscible liquid in multi-phase systems with synchrotron X-ray microtomography. Vadose Zone Journal 5(2):641-648.
  • Schnaar GA, Brusseau ML. 2006. Characterizing pore-scale dissolution of organic immiscible liquid in natural porous media using synchrotron x-ray microtomography. Environ Sci Technol 40(21):6622-6629. PMID:17144287


  • Dorn JG, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 2005. Real-time, in situ monitoring of bioactive zone dynamics in heterogeneous systems. Environ Sci Technol 39(22):8898-8905. PMID:16329198
  • Schnaar GA, Brusseau ML. 2005. Pore-scale characterization of organic immiscible-liquid morphology in natural porous media using synchrotron X-ray microtomography. Environ Sci Technol 39(21):8403-8410. PMID:16294880
  • Wang J, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2005. Influence of hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin (HPCD) on the bioavailability and biodegradation of pyrene. Chemosphere 60(5):725-728. PMID:15963811
  • Wang J, Patterson B, Bodour AA, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2005. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 7 Impact of multiple-degrader community dynamics. Environ Toxicol Chem 24(11):2806-2811. PMID:16398116


  • Jordan FL, Sandrin SK, Frye RJ, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 2004. The influence of system complexity on bacterial transport in saturated porous media. J Contam Hydrol 74(1-4):19-38. PMID:15358485
  • Sandrin SK, Brusseau ML, Piatt JJ, Bodour AA, Blanford WJ, Nelson NT. 2004. Spatial Variability of In Situ Microbial Activity: Biotracer Tests. Ground Water 42(3):374-383. PMID:15161154
  • Srivastava R, Sharma PK, Brusseau ML. 2004. Reactive solute transport in macroscopically homogeneous porous media: analytical solutions for the temporal moments. J Contam Hydrol 69(1-2):27-43. PMID:14972436
  • Zhang Z, Brusseau ML. 2004. Nonideal transport of reactive contaminants in heterogeneous porous media: 7. distributed-domain model incorporating immiscible-liquid dissolution and rate-limited sorption/desorption. J Contam Hydrol 74(1-4):83-103. PMID:15358488


  • Bodour AA, Wang J, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 2003. Temporal change in culturable phenanthrene degraders in response to long-term exposure to phenanthrene in a soil column system. Environ Microbiol 5(10):888-895. PMID:14510842
  • Brusseau ML, Bronson KM, Ross S, Nelson NT, Carlson TD. 2003. Partitioning tracer tests to characterize immiscible-liquid contamination in the vadose zone beneath a fuel depot. Vadose Zone Journal 2(2):148-153.
  • Carlson TD, Contanza-Robinson MS, Keller J, Wierenga PJ, Brusseau ML. 2003. Intermediate-scale tests of the gas-phase partitioning tracer method for measuring soil-water content. Soil Science Society of America Journal 67(2):483-486.
  • Famisan GB, Brusseau ML. 2003. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 6 Impact of sorption on coupled degradation-transport behavior. Environ Toxicol Chem 22(3):510-517. PMID:12627636
  • Johnson GR, Gupta K, Putz DK, Hu Q, Brusseau ML. 2003. The effect of local-scale physical heterogeneity and nonlinear, rate-limited sorption/desorption on contaminant transport in porous media. J Contam Hydrol 64(1-2):35-58. doi:10.1016/S0169-7722(02)00103-1 PMID:12744828
  • Johnson GR, Zhang Z, Brusseau ML. 2003. Characterizing and quantifying the impact of immiscible-liquid dissolution and non-linear, rate-limited sorption/desorption on low-concentration elution tailing. Water Resour Res 39(5):6-1-6-8.
  • Nelson NT, Hu Q, Brusseau ML. 2003. Characterizing the contribution of diffusive mass transfer to solute transport in sedimentary aquifer systems at laboratory and field scales. Ground Water 276(1-4):275-286. doi:10.1016/S0022-1694(03)00061-1
  • Yolcubal I, Dorn JG, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2003. The influence of substrate and electron acceptor availability on bioactive zone dynamics in porous media. J Contam Hydrol 66(3-4):219-237. PMID:14568400


  • Brusseau ML, Zhang Z, Nelson NT, Cain RB, Tick GR, Oostrom M. 2002. Dissolution of non-uniformly distributed immiscible liquid: Simulating intermediate-scle experiments using local-scale mass-transfer coefficients. Environ Sci Technol 36(5):1033-1041.
  • Costanza-Robinson MS, Brusseau ML. 2002. Gas-phase advection and dispersion in unsaturated porous media. Water Resour Res 38(4):7-1-7-10.
  • Marlowe EM, Wang J, Pepper IL, Maier RM. 2002. Application of a reverse transcription-PCR assay to monitor regulation of the catabolic nahAc gene during phenanthrene degradation. Biodegradation 13(4):251-260. PMID:12521289
  • Yolcubal I, Pierce SA, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2002. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 5. The influence of growth and cell elution on microbial distribution. J Environ Qual 31(6):1824-1830.


  • Blanford WJ, Barackman ML, Boving TB, Klingel EJ, Johnson GR, Brusseau ML. 2001. Cyclodextrin-enhanced vertical flushing of a trichloroethene contaminated aquifer. Ground Water Monit Remediat 21(1):58-66.
  • Li L, Yolcubal I, Sandrin SK, Hu MQ, Brusseau ML. 2001. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 3. Apparent condition-dependency of growth-related coefficients. J Contam Hydrol 50(3-4):209-223. doi:10.1016/S0169-7722(01)00111-5 PMID:11523325
  • McCray JE, Bai G, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2001. Biosurfactant-enhanced solubilization of NAPL mixtures. J Contam Hydrol 48(1-2):45-68. PMID:11291481


  • Boving TB, Brusseau ML. 2000. Solubilization and removal of residual trichloroethene from porous media: Comparisons of several solubilization agents. J Contam Hydrol 42:51-67.


  • Boving TB, Wang X, Brusseau ML. 1999. Cyclodextrin-enhanced solubilization and removal of residual-phase chlorinated solvents from porous media. Environ Sci Technol 33(5):764-770.
  • Brusseau ML, Srivasta R. 1999. Nonideal transport of reactive solutes in heterogenous porous media: 4. Analysis of the Cape Cod natural-gradient field experiment. Water Resour Res 35(4):1113-1125.
  • Brusseau ML, Xie LH. 1999. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 1. Mathematical analysis of controlling factors. J Contam Hydrol 37(3-4):269-293.
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