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Environmental relevance of the platinum-group elements

Sebastien Rauch and Gregory M. Morrison
Environmental relevance of the platinum-group elements
Elements (August 2008) 4 (4): 259-263


Platinum-group elements (PGE) are used in an increasing number of applications, and emissions are resulting in elevated environmental concentrations of these normally rare metals. Automobile exhaust catalysts, which use Pd, Pt, and Rh as active components, are the main source of PGE emitted into urban and roadside environments, and they contribute to a global increase in PGE concentrations. Emitted PGE are found in urban air and accumulate on the road surface and in roadside soil. Transport of PGE via stormwater is resulting in contamination of aquatic environments. There is now mounting evidence that a fraction of PGE in the environment is bioavailable, and potential uptake into the biosphere is raising concern over potential risks for humans and the environment.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 4
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Environmental relevance of the platinum-group elements
Affiliation: Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Goteborg, Sweden
Pages: 259-263
Published: 200808
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 31
Accession Number: 2008-123221
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200847
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