Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 8, pp 7250–7261 | Cite as

Contribution of inorganic and organic components to sorption of neutral and ionizable pharmaceuticals by sediment/soil

  • Hiroshi YamamotoEmail author
  • Kohei Takemoto
  • Ikumi Tamura
  • Norihiro Shin-oka
  • Takahiro Nakano
  • Masayo Nishida
  • Yuta Honda
  • Shigemi Moriguchi
  • Yudai Nakamura
Advances in environmental chemistry of pollutants


Our previous study showed that the sorption coefficient of certain polar pharmaceuticals to river sediment, especially particular amines, was unexpectedly high. Thus, we conducted sorption experiments of selected polar pharmaceuticals and pyrene derivatives, including amines, carboxylic acids, and neutral compounds, to model clay minerals, i.e., montmorillonite and kaolin, in addition to silica sands and humic substances. The contribution of each component was roughly estimated by simple fractionation of the individual sorption coefficients. Relatively high sorption coefficients (K d values) were found, especially for amines on clay minerals, which suggest that electrochemical affinity may play an important role. The estimated contribution percentage suggests a relatively large contribution from inorganic constituents, such as clay minerals, for silt loam soil; in contrast, organic components predominantly contribute for sandy river sediments. These findings could be the key to understanding not only the fate and transport but also bioavailability and environmental risks of pharmaceuticals, which are mostly polar and/or ionizable.


Cation-exchange capacity Clay minerals Electrochemical affinity Pharmaceuticals Sediment Sorption 



The authors appreciate the assistance provided by Mr. Kentaro Wada of Tokushima Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Technology Support Center for the measurement of the CEC values of the solid samples.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Yamamoto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kohei Takemoto
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ikumi Tamura
    • 1
    • 3
  • Norihiro Shin-oka
    • 1
  • Takahiro Nakano
    • 1
  • Masayo Nishida
    • 1
  • Yuta Honda
    • 1
  • Shigemi Moriguchi
    • 1
  • Yudai Nakamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Integrated Arts and SciencesTokushima UniversityTokushimaJapan
  2. 2.Research Center for Environmental Quality ManagementKyoto UniversityOtsuJapan
  3. 3.National Institute for Environmental StudiesTsukubaJapan

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