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Project Publications: University of Arizona: Environmental Controls on Bioavailability of Arsenic and Toxic Metals

Superfund Research Program

Environmental Controls on Bioavailability of Arsenic and Toxic Metals

Project Leader: Jon Chorover
Co-Investigator: Mark L. Brusseau
Grant Number: P42ES004940
Funding Period: 2020-2025
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  • Brusseau ML. 2023. Determining air-water interfacial areas for the retention and transport of PFAS and other interfacially active solutes in unsaturated porous media. Sci Total Environ 884:163730. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.163730 PMID:37120024 PMCID:PMC10330266
  • Brusseau ML, Guo B. 2023. Revising the EPA dilution-attenuation soil screening model for PFAS. J Hazard Mater Lett 4:100077. doi:10.1016/j.hazl.2023.100077
  • Dai M, Yan N, Brusseau ML. 2023. Potential impact of bacteria on the transport of PFAS in porous media. Water Res 243:120350. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2023.120350 PMID:37499541 PMCID:PMC10530518
  • Khan MA, Nawab J, Khan A, Brusseau ML, Khan SN, Ali N, Bahadur S, Khan S, Huang Q. 2023. Human health and ecological risks associated with total and bioaccessible concentrations of cadmium and lead in urban park soils. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 110(3):61. doi:10.1007/s00128-023-03703-x PMID:36907936
  • Liu R, Kong S, Shao Y, Cai D, Bai B, Wei X, Root RA, Gao X, Li C, Chorover J. 2023. Mechanisms and health implications of toxicity increment from arsenate-containing iron minerals through in vitro gastrointestinal digestion. Geoderma 432:doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2023.116377
  • Liu Y, Root RA, Abramson N, Fan L, Sun J, Chorover J. 2023. The effect of biogeochemical redox oscillations on arsenic release from legacy mine tailings. Geochim Cosmochim Acta 360:192-206. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2023.09.012 PMID:37928745 PMCID:PMC10621879
  • Shakya A, Dodson M, Artiola JF, Ramirez-Andreotta M, Root RA, Ding X, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2023. Arsenic in drinking water and diabetes. Water (Basel) 15(9):1751. doi:10.3390/w15091751
  • Yu Y, Root RA, Sierra-Alvarez R, Chorover J, Field JA. 2023. Treatment of the insensitive munitions compound, 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO), in flow-through columns packed with zero-valent iron. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 30(23):64606-64616. doi:10.1007/s11356-023-26922-5 PMID:37071366


  • Brusseau ML, Guo B. 2022. PFAS concentrations in soil versus soil porewater: Mass distributions and the impact of adsorption at air-water interfaces. Chemosphere 302:134938. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.134938 PMID:35568214
  • Guo B, Zeng J, Brusseau ML, Zhang Y. 2022. A screening model for quantifying PFAS leaching in the vadose zone and mass discharge to groundwater. Adv Water Resour 160:doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2021.104102
  • Hammond C, Root RA, Maier RM, Chorover J. 2022. Metal lability and mass transfer response to direct-planting phytostabilization of pyritic mine tailings. Minerals 12(6):doi:10.3390/min12060757
  • Hitzelberer M, Khan N, Mohamed R, Brusseau ML, Carroll KC. 2022. PFOS mass flux reduction/mass removal: impacts of a lower-permeability sand lens within otherwise homogeneous systems. Environ Sci Technol 56(19):13675-13685. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c02193 PMID:36126139 PMCID:PMC9664819
  • Johnson GR, Brusseau ML, Carroll KC, Tick GR, Duncan CM. 2022. Global distributions, source-type dependencies, and concentration ranges of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in groundwater. Sci Total Environ 841:doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156602 PMID:35690215
  • Li H, Fan X, Wu X, Han W, Amistadi M, Liu P, Zhang DD, Chorover J, Ding X, Zhang Q. 2022. Differential effects of arsenic in drinking water on mouse hepatic and intestinal heme oxygenase-1 expression. Antioxidants (Basel) 11(9):1835. doi:10.3390/antiox11091835 PMID:36139908 PMCID:PMC9495312
  • Lyu Y, Wang B, Du X, Guo B, Brusseau ML. 2022. Air-water interfacial adsorption of C4-C10 perfluorocarboxylic acids during transport in unsaturated porous media. Sci Total Environ 831:154905. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154905 PMID:35364184
  • Root RA, Chorover J. 2022. Molecular speciation controls arsenic and lead bioaccessibility in fugitive dusts from sulfidic mine tailings. Environ Sci Process Impacts doi:10.1039/d2em00182a PMID:36226550
  • Yan N, Guo Z, Brusseau ML. 2022. Sucralose as an oxidative-attenuation tracer for characterizing the application of in situ chemical oxidation for the treatment of 1,4-dioxane. Environ Sci Process Impacts doi:10.1039/d2em00185c PMID:35796164


  • Brusseau ML. 2021. Examining the robustness and concentration dependency of PFAS air-water and NAPL-water interfacial adsorption coefficients. Water Res 190(11):116778. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.116778 PMID:33387950 PMCID:PMC7856177
  • Brusseau ML, Guo B. 2021. Air-water interfacial areas relevant for transport of per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances. Water Res 207:doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117785 PMID:34731664 PMCID:PMC8665086
  • Brusseau ML, Guo B, Huang D, Yan N, Lyu Y. 2021. Ideal versus nonideal transport of PFAS in unsaturated porous media. Water Res 202:117405. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117405 PMID:34273774
  • Brusseau ML, Van Glubt S. 2021. The influence of molecular structure on PFAS adsorption at air-water interfaces in electrolyte solutions. Chemosphere 281:doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130829 PMID:33992851 (ahead of print)
  • El Ouni A, Guo B, Zhong H, Brusseau ML. 2021. Testing the validity of the miscible-displacement interfacial tracer method for measuring air-water interfacial area: Independent benchmarking and mathematical modeling. Chemosphere 263:128193. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128193 PMID:33184521 PMCID:PMC7654622 (ahead of print)
  • Huang D, Khan N, Wang G, Carroll KC, Brusseau ML. 2021. The co-transport of PFAS and Cr(VI) in porous media. Chemosphere 286:131834. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.131834 PMID:34392202
  • Huang D, Saleem H, Guo B, Brusseau ML. 2021. The impact of multiple-component PFAS solutions on fluid-fluid interfacial adsorption and transport of PFOS in unsaturated porous media. Sci Total Environ 806(Pt2):doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150595 PMID:34592291 (ahead of print)
  • Pu M, Wan J, Zhang F, Brusseau ML, Ye D, Niu J. 2021. Insight into degradation mechanism of sulfamethoxazole by metal-organic framework derived novel magnetic Fe(at)C composite activated persulfate. J Hazard Mater 414:125598. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.125598 PMID:34030424
  • Van Glubt S, Brusseau ML. 2021. Contribution of nonaqueous-phase liquids to the retention and transport of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in porous media. Environ Sci Technol 55(6):3706-3715. doi:10.1021/acs.est.0c07355 PMID:33666425
  • Van Glubt S, Brusseau ML, Yan N, Huang D, Khan N, Carroll KC. 2021. Column versus batch methods for measuring PFOS and PFOA sorption to geomedia. Environ Pollut 268:115917. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115917 PMID:33143983 PMCID:PMC7746577
  • Wang D, Root RA, Chorover J. 2021. Biochar-templated surface precipitation and inner-sphere complexation effectively removes arsenic from acid mine drainage. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 28(33):doi:10.1007/s11356-021-13869-8 PMID:33866485 (ahead of print)
  • Wang Y, Khan N, Huang D, Carroll KC, Brusseau ML. 2021. Transport of PFOS in aquifer sediment: Transport behavior and a distributed-sorption model. Sci Total Environ 779:146444. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146444 PMID:33740555
  • Zeng J, Brusseau ML, Guo B. 2021. Model validation and analyses of parameter sensitivity and uncertainty for modeling long-term retention and leaching of PFAS in the vadose zone. J Hydrol 603:
  • Zhou D, Brusseau ML, Zhang Y, Li S, Wei W, Sun H, Zheng C. 2021. Simulating PFAS adsorption kinetics, adsorption isotherms, and nonideal transport in saturated soil with tempered one-sided stable density (TOSD) based models. J Hazard Mater 411:125169. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.125169 PMID:33858111


  • Bridges L, Mohamed R, Khan N, Brusseau ML, Carroll KC. 2020. Comparison of manganese dioxide and permanganate as amendments with persulfate for aqueous 1,4-dioxane oxidation. Water (Basel) 12:16. doi:10.3390/w12113061
  • Brusseau ML, Anderson RH, Guo B. 2020. PFAS concentrations in soils: Background levels versus contaminated sites. Sci Total Environ 740(8):140017. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140017
  • Brusseau ML, Taghap H. 2020. NAPL-water interfacial area as a function of fluid saturation measured with the interfacial partitioning tracer test method. Chemosphere 260:doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127562 PMID:32683025
  • Chorover J, Hammond C, Root RA, Maier RM. 2020. Arsenic and iron speciation and mobilization during phytostabilization of pyritic mine tailings. Geochim Cosmochim Acta 286:306-323. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2020.07.001
  • Guo Z, Russo AE, Difilippo EL, Zhang Z, Zheng C, Brusseau ML. 2020. Mathematical modeling of organic liquid dissolution in heterogeneous source zones. J Contam Hydrol 235:doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2020.103716 PMID:32977295 PMCID:PMC7704655
  • Jiang H, Guo B, Brusseau ML. 2020. Characterization of the micro-scale surface roughness effect on immiscible fluids and interfacial areas in porous media using the measurements of interfacial partitioning tracer tests. Adv Water Resour 146:doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103789
  • Khan AZ, Khan S, Ayaz T, Brusseau ML, Khan MA, Nawab J, Muhammad S. 2020. Popular wood and sugarcane bagasse biochars reduced uptake of chromium and lead by lettuce from mine-contaminated soil. Environ Pollut 263:114446. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114446 PMID:32283452 PMCID:PMC7654435
  • Meng L, Zuo R, Brusseau ML, Wang J, Liu X, Du C, Zhai Y, Teng Y. 2020. Groundwater pollution containing ammonium, iron and manganese in a riverbank filtration system: Effects of dynamic geochemical conditions and microbial responses. Hydrological Processes 15:doi:10.1002/hyp.13856
  • Pu M, Niu J, Brusseau ML, Sun Y, Zhou C, Deng S, Wan J. 2020. Ferrous metal-organic frameworks with strong electron-donating properties for persulfate activation to effectively degrade aqueous sulfamethoxazole. Chem Eng J 394:15. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2020.125044
  • Sun Y, Gu M, Lyu S, Brusseau ML, Li M, Lyu Y, Xue Y, Qui Z, Sui Q. 2020. Efficient removal of trichloroethene in oxidative environment by anchoring nano FeS on reduced graphene oxide supported nZVI catalyst: The role of FeS on oxidant decomposition and iron leakag. J Hazard Mater 392:doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122328 PMID:32092655
  • Yan N, Ji Y, Zhang B, Zheng X, Brusseau ML. 2020. Transport of GenX in saturated and unsaturated porous media. Environ Sci Technol 54(19):11876-11885. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b07790 PMID:32972138 PMCID:PMC7654438
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