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Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 11, pp 10685–10694 | Cite as

Sorption of copper and norfloxacin onto humic acid: effects of pH, ionic strength, and foreign ions

  • Ling ZhaoEmail author
  • Juan Liu
  • Hui Wang
  • Yuan-hua Dong
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Abstract

Copper (Cu) and norfloxacin (Nor) are frequently used as feed additives for animal growth promotion, which results in a great probability of Cu2+ and Nor coexisting in animal excretion and in soils. Sorption of Cu2+ and Nor on soil organic matter (SOM) can markedly affect their environmental fate. Thus, humic acid (HA), a major fraction of SOM, was chosen to investigate the cosorption behaviors of Cu2+ and Nor on HA under different solution chemistry conditions (pHs, ionic strengths, and foreign ions). The addition of Nor decreased the maximum adsorption capacity (Qm) of Cu2+ and an increasing effect was observed with increasing Nor concentration. Meanwhile, the addition of Cu2+ also markedly inhibited the sorption of Nor on HA. The Qm of Cu2+ increased with increasing pH from 3.0 to 5.0 whether Nor was present or not, but more addition of Nor led to less increment in Qm of Cu2+ at the same pH. The Qm of Nor was observed at pH 4.0 without Cu2+, but that was found at pH 5.0 and 3.0 with the addition of 20 and 100 mg L−1 Cu2+, respectively. The sorption of Cu2+ on HA decreased with increasing ionic strength and followed an order of NaH2PO4 > Na2SO4 ≈ NaNO3 at pH 5.0 whether Nor was present or not. Additionally, the higher valence cation had a stronger inhibition effect on Cu2+ sorption. The competition between Cu2+ and Nor for sorption on HA under the same conditions indicated that the coexistence of Cu2+ and Nor may enhance the feasibility of their mobility and environmental risk.

Keywords

Copper Norfloxacin Humic acid Cosorption pH Ionic strength 

Notes

Funding information

This study received financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41571308 and 41371319).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ling Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Juan Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hui Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuan-hua Dong
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation, Institute of Soil ScienceChinese Academy of SciencesNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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