Heavy Metals in Soil and Waters

Studies on the mobility of heavy metals in soil and their adsorption on soil organic and inorganic compounds (clays, Al and Fe oxides), etc.   Studies on heavy metals removal by mineral or organo-mineral complexes from contaminated solutions, in single or multiple systems, affected by pH, sequence of addition of the metals and their molar ratio, adsorbents nature, etc.

Activity start 2002
Publications - J. Zhu, Q. Huang, M. Pigna, A. Violante (2012). Competitive sorption of Cu and Cr on goethite and goethite-bacteria complex. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, vol. 179, p. 26-32, ISSN: 1385-8947, doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2011.07.011 (Q1)
- L. Perelomov, V. Cozzolino, M. Pigna, A. Violante (2011). Adsorption of Cu and Pb on goethite in the presence of low-molecular mass aliphatic acids. GEOMICROBIOLOGY JOURNAL, vol. 28(7), p. 582-589, ISSN: 0149-0451, doi: 10.1080/01490451.2011.559303 (Q3)
- J. Zhu, V. Cozzolino, M. Fernandez, R.M. Torres Sanchez, M. Pigna, Q. Huang, A. Violante (2011). Sorption of Cu on a Fe-deformed  montmorillonite complex: Effect of pH, ionic strength, competitor heavy metal, and inorganic and organic ligands. APPLIED CLAY SCIENCE, vol. 52, p. 339-344. ISSN: 0169-1317, doi: 10.1016/j.clay.2011.03.012 (Q2)
- J. Zhu, V. Cozzolino, M. Pigna, Q. Huang, A.G. Caporale, A. Violante (2011). Sorption of Cu, Pb and Cr on Na-montmorillonite: Competition and effect of major elements. CHEMOSPHERE, vol. 84, p. 484-489, ISSN: 0045-6535, doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2011.03.020 (Q1)
- J Zhu., M. Pigna, V. Cozzolino, A.G. Caporale, A. Violante (2010). Competitive sorption of copper(II), chromium(III) and lead(II) on ferrihydrite and two organomineral complexes. GEODERMA, vol. 159, p. 409-416, ISSN: 0016-706110, doi: 1016/j.geoderma.2010.09.006 (Q1)
- A. Violante, V. Cozzolino, L. Perelomov, A.G. Caporale, M. Pigna (2010). Mobility and bioavailability of heavy metals and metalloids in soil environments. J. Soil Sci. Plant. Nutr. JOURNAL SOIL SCIENCE & PLANT NUTRITION, vol. 10(3), p. 268-292, ISSN: 0718-9516 (Q4)
- R. Capasso, M. Pigna, A. De Martino, M. Pucci, F. Sannino, A. Violante (2004). Potential Remediation of Waters Contaminated with Cr(III), Cu and Zn  by Sorption on the Organic Polymeric Fraction of Olive Mill Wastewater (Polymerin) and its Derivatives. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, vol. 38, p. 5170-5176, ISSN:0013-936X, doi: 10.1021/es0400234 (Q1)
- A. Violante, M. Ricciardella, M. Pigna (2003). Adsorption of Heavy Metals on Mixed Fe-Al Oxides in the Absence or Presence of Organic Ligands. WATER AIR & SOIL POLLUTION, vol. 145, p. 289-306, ISSN: 0049-6979, doi: 10.1023/A:1023662728675 (Q3)
- G.S.R. Krishnamurti, M. Pigna, M. Arienzo, A. Violante (2007). Solid-Phase Speciation and Phytoavailability of Copper in a Few Representative Soils of Italy. CHEMICAL SPECIATION AND BIOAVAILABILITY, vol. 19, p. 57-67, ISSN: 0954-2299, doi: 10.3184/095422907X211891 (Q4)
- M. Ricciardella, M. Pigna,A. Violante (2002). Influence of Tartrate on the Adsorption of Lead on Ferrihydrite. FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol. 11, p. 1034-1037, ISSN: 1018-4619 (Q4)
Permanent staff Massimo Pigna (AGR/13) 
Temporary or external staff Dr. Antonio Giandonato Caporale (post-doc) UNINA, Alessia Sommella (PhD student) UNINA, Shah Md. Golam Gousul Azam (PhD student) UNINA
Projects - Member of unit B of Naples "Speciation, mobility and phytoavailability of heavy metals and metalloids in soil-plant system" of PRIN entitled "Transformation, mobility and phytoavailability of heavy metals and metalloids in soil-plant system ", number code 2006073324_001 (MIUR, 33.700 €, 2006)
- Member of unit B of Naples "Factors affecting the mobility and availability of toxicants in soil-plant system" of PRIN entitled "Biotic and abiotic processes affecting the mobility and availability of toxicants in soil-plant system", number code 2004078795_001 (MIUR, 22.000 €, 2004)
Recognitions and awards  
Scientific events XXXI Convegno Annuale SICA, organized by Dipartimento di Agraria, Università di Napoli Federico II, held in Napoli on 16-17 September 2013.
Technology and know-how transfers