Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 23, pp 22561–22570 | Cite as

Effects of wind–wave disturbances on adsorption and desorption of tetracycline and sulfadimidine in water–sediment systems

  • Qianjiahua Liao
  • Zheng Huang
  • Shu Li
  • Yi Wang
  • Yuqing Liu
  • Ran Luo
  • Jingge ShangEmail author
Research Article


Wind–wave disturbances frequently disperse sediment particles into overlying water, which facilitates the adsorption and desorption of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. Tetracycline (TC) and sulfadimidine (SM2) are common antibiotics that are frequently found in aquatic environments. This study utilized microcosms, comprising sediment and water from Lake Taihu, China, to examine the adsorption and desorption of TC and SM2 under different wind–wave disturbances in a shallow lake environment. The adsorption experiments were conducted with three different concentrations (1, 5, 10 mg/L) of TC and SM2 in the overlying water, and two different (background and strong) wind–wave conditions for 72 h. Subsequently, four microcosms were employed in a 12-h desorption study. Analysis of adsorption progress showed that TC concentration in the overlying water decreased quickly, while SM2 remained almost constant. In the desorption experiments, SM2 released to the overlying water was an order of magnitude greater than TC. These results indicate that sediment particles strongly adsorb TC but weakly adsorb SM2. Compared to background conditions, the strong wind–wave conditions resulted in higher concentrations of TC and SM2 in sediment and facilitated their migration to deeper sediment during adsorption, correspondingly promoting greater release of TC and SM2 from sediment particles into the overlying water during desorption.


Wind–wave disturbance Tetracycline Sulfadimidine Migration Adsorption Desorption Kd 



This work was supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2632018FY02 and 2632018FY01), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20150693 and BK20160744), and the National Found for Fostering Talents of Basic Science (J1310032).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental ScienceChina Pharmaceutical UniversityNanjingChina

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