Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 22, Issue 16, pp 12182–12189 | Cite as

Sorption of sulfisoxazole onto soil—an insight into different influencing factors

  • Joanna Maszkowska
  • Anna Białk-BielińskaEmail author
  • Katarzyna Mioduszewska
  • Marta Wagil
  • Jolanta Kumirska
  • Piotr Stepnowski
Research Article


Although sulfonamides (SAs) are among the most commonly used veterinary drugs and their presence in the environment is well documented, knowledge of their fate and behavior in the soil environment is still limited, especially for sulfisoxazole (SSX) which is characterized by the lowest (among other SAs) pK a value associated with acid-base equilibrium of sulfonamide group. Thus, this work was focused on determining the sorption potential of SSX onto natural soils differing in physicochemical properties. All the results were modeled using linear, Freundlich, Langmuir, Dubinin–Radushkevich, and Temkin sorption isotherms. The established sorption coefficients (K d ) for SSX were quite low (from 0.27 to 0.95 L kg−1), which indicated that this substance is highly mobile and has the potential to run off into surface waters and/or infiltrate ground water. The sorption data of SSX is well fitted to the Freundlich isotherm model (R 2 > 0.968). Moreover, we assessed the sorption mechanism of these compounds in the edaphic environment with respect to organic matter (OM) content, pH, and ionic strength. To clarify the current state of knowledge, these factors were examined much more thoroughly than in previous investigations concerning other SAs. The wide range of ionic strength examined showed positive correlation of this factor and sorption of SAs. The results also yielded new insight into dependency of sorption of SAs on organic matter content in soil.


Sulfisoxazole Sulfonamides Natural soils Sorption potential Adsorption isotherms Ionic strength 



Financial support was provided by the Polish National Science Centre under grant DEC-2011/03/B/NZ8/03010.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanna Maszkowska
    • 1
  • Anna Białk-Bielińska
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katarzyna Mioduszewska
    • 1
  • Marta Wagil
    • 1
  • Jolanta Kumirska
    • 1
  • Piotr Stepnowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Analysis, Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of GdańskGdańskPoland

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