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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 10710-10736; doi:10.3390/ijerph111010710

Effect of Humic Acid on As Redox Transformation and Kinetic Adsorption onto Iron Oxide Based Adsorbent (IBA)

Department of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Received: 9 July 2014 / Revised: 25 September 2014 / Accepted: 8 October 2014 / Published: 16 October 2014
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Abstract

Due to the importance of adsorption kinetics and redox transformation of arsenic (As) during the adsorption process, the present study elucidated natural organic matter (NOM) effects on As adsorption-desorption kinetics and speciation transformation. The experimental procedures were conducted by examining interactions of arsenate and arsenite with different concentrations of humic acid (HA) as a model representative of NOM, in the presence of iron oxide based adsorbent (IBA), as a model solid surface in three environmentally relevant conditions, including the simultaneous adsorption of both As and HA onto IBA, HA adsorption onto As-presorbed IBA, and As adsorption onto HA-presorbed IBA. Experimental adsorption-desorption data were all fitted by original and modified Lagergren pseudo-first and -second order adsorption kinetic models, respectively. Weber’s intraparticle diffusion was also used to gain insight into the mechanisms and rate controlling steps, which the results suggested that intraparticle diffusion of As species onto IBA is the main rate-controlling step. Different concentrations of HA mediated the redox transformation of As species, with a higher oxidation ability than reduction. The overall results indicated the significant effect of organic matter on the adsorption kinetics and redox transformation of As species, and consequently, the fate, transport and mobility of As in different environmentally relevant conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: As; natural organic matter; adsorption rate; speciation; ternary system; iron oxide based adsorbent As; natural organic matter; adsorption rate; speciation; ternary system; iron oxide based adsorbent
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Fakour, H.; Lin, T.-F. Effect of Humic Acid on As Redox Transformation and Kinetic Adsorption onto Iron Oxide Based Adsorbent (IBA). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 10710-10736.

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