Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 15, pp 14532–14543 | Cite as

Sorption of selected pharmaceuticals by a river sediment: role and mechanisms of sediment or Aldrich humic substances

  • Thibaut Le Guet
  • Ilham Hsini
  • Jérôme Labanowski
  • Leslie Mondamert
Research Article


Sorption of pharmaceuticals onto sediments is frequently related to organic matter content. Thus, the present work aimed to compare the effect of humic substances (HS) extracted from a river sediment versus Aldrich (HS) on the sorption of selected pharmaceuticals onto this river sediment. The results exhibited no “unique” effect of the presence of HS from the same origin. Thus, the sediment HS increased the sorption of sulfamethoxazole (SMX), diclofenac (DCF), and trimethoprim (TMP), but reduced the sorption of atenolol (ATN). The presence of Aldrich HS increased the sorption of TMP and ATN and decreased the sorption of SMX and DCF. Fluorescence quenching measurements revealed that these effects cannot be explained only by the presence of pharmaceutical HS associations. The use of several sorption models suggested that the sorption of SMX, DCF, and ATN involves multilayer mechanisms. Furthermore, it was pointed out that the presence of HS does not change the sorption mechanisms although it was observed interaction between HS and the sediment. Indeed, the sediment HS sorbs onto the sediment whereas the Aldrich HS tends to mobilize organic compounds from the sediment to the solution.


Pharmaceuticals Sediments Sorption Organic matter Humic substances Association 



The authors acknowledge “la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine” (ex “Poitou-Charentes”) for the financial support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thibaut Le Guet
    • 1
  • Ilham Hsini
    • 1
  • Jérôme Labanowski
    • 1
  • Leslie Mondamert
    • 1
  1. 1.UMR IC2MP 7285, CNRS/Université de Poitiers, ENSIPPoitiers, Cedex 9France

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