Environmental Chemistry Letters

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 225–228

Thermodynamics of tetracycline adsorption on silica

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10311-007-0106-1

Cite this article as:
Turku, I., Sainio, T. & Paatero, E. Environ Chem Lett (2007) 5: 225. doi:10.1007/s10311-007-0106-1


The adsorption of antibiotic tetracycline onto silica particles was investigated. The effects of pH, electrolyte concentration and temperature on the adsorption equilibrium were examined and the data correlated with a dual site adsorption model. Adsorption of tetracycline onto approximately 9% of the adsorption sites was found to be irreversible, whereas the rest exhibited Langmuir behaviour. Increasing pH of the solution had a strong negative effect on the adsorbed amounts. Adsorption decreased also with increasing ionic strength and temperature. The enthalpy and entropy of adsorption were found to be approximately −16 and −25 J/mol, respectively.


Tetracycline Silica Irreversible adsorption Langmuir isotherm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Industrial ChemistryLappeenranta University of TechnologyLappeenrantaFinland