Application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in the field of stabilization of as and heavy metal contaminated soil

Jung Eun Lim, Deok Hyun Moon, Kwon Rae Kim, Yong Sik Ok

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X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) analysis using X-ray absorption spectroscopy is being applied as a state-of-theart method in a wide range of disciplines. This review article summarizes the overall procedure of XAFS analysis from the preparation of soil samples to the analysis of data in X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) region and extended Xray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) region. The previous studies on application of XANES and EXAFS techniques in environmental soil science field are discussed and classified them according to metal(loid)s (As, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn). A significant number of previous studies of XAFS application in the environmental soil science field have focused on the identification of Pb chemical species in soil. Moreover, XANES and EXAFS techniques have been widely used to investigate the contamination source via identification of metal species. Similarly, these techniques were applied to identify the mechanisms of metal stabilization in soil after application of various amendments, phytoremediation, etc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Biological Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

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© The Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry 2015.


  • Extended X-ray absorption fine structure
  • Heavy metal
  • Immobilization
  • Mechanism
  • Metal speciation
  • Soil contamination
  • X-ray absorption fine structure
  • X-ray absorption near edge structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Organic Chemistry


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