The characteristics of oestrone mobility in water and soil by the addition of Ca-biochar and Fe–Mn-biochar derived from Litchi chinensis Sonn.

  • Huan-yu Tao
  • Hui Ge
  • Jianghong ShiEmail author
  • Xiaowei Liu
  • Wei GuoEmail author
  • Mengtao Zhang
  • Yaobin Meng
  • Xiao-yan Li
Original Paper


In this study, the effect of biochar (BC) derived from Litchi chinensis Sonn. and its modification, including Ca-biochar (Ca-BC) and Fe–Mn-biochar (Fe–Mn-BC), on the transportation of oestrone (E1) in water and soil was investigated. Fe–Mn-BC showed better adsorption ability than other types of biochar (BC, Ca-BC) under different conditions (humic acid, pH, ionic strength) in an aqueous environment. The maximum mass of sorbent at 298 K increased from 1.12 mg g−1 (BC) to 4.18 mg g−1 (Fe–Mn-BC). Humic acid had a greater impact on aqueous E1 adsorption on these biochars than did the pH and ionic strength. Fe–Mn-BC as a soil amendment had a great control of E1 transport in soil, and no leachate of E1 was observed in the column experiment. E1 mobility showed strong retardation in amended soil with Ca-BC (Rf = 11.2) compared with raw soil (Rf = 7.1). These results suggested that Fe–Mn-BC was more effective in controlling E1 transportation, and Fe–Mn-BC could be used as an alternative and inexpensive adsorbent to reduce E1 contaminants from water and soil.

Graphic abstract


Oestrone Modified biochars Adsorption Advection–dispersion model 



This work was financially supported by Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (2018YFC1801603). This work was also partially funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51609058 and 41977325). This work was also partially funded by Shenzhen Municipal Science and Technology Innovation Committee through project JCYJ20160301114534506, by Research and development of environmental risk assessment technology system for Lycium barbarum, by Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Soil and Groundwater Pollution Control (No. 2017B030301012), and State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Integrated Surface Water-Groundwater Pollution Control.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huan-yu Tao
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hui Ge
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jianghong Shi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xiaowei Liu
    • 4
  • Wei Guo
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mengtao Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yaobin Meng
    • 5
  • Xiao-yan Li
    • 3
  1. 1.Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Soil and Groundwater Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and EngineeringSouthern University of Science and TechnologyShenzhenChina
  2. 2.State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Integrated Surface Water-Groundwater Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and EngineeringSouthern University of Science and TechnologyShenzhenChina
  3. 3.Environmental Engineering Research Centre, Department of Civil EngineeringThe University of Hong KongPokfulam, Hong KongChina
  4. 4.Hefei University of Technology (Xuancheng Campus)XuanchengChina
  5. 5.Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency ManagementBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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