Magnetic nanoferromanganese oxides modified biochar derived from pine sawdust for adsorption of tetracycline hydrochloride

  • Jie LiangEmail author
  • Yilong Fang
  • Yuan Luo
  • Guangming ZengEmail author
  • Jiaqin Deng
  • Xiaofei Tan
  • Ning Tang
  • Xuemei Li
  • Xinyue He
  • Chunting Feng
  • Shujing Ye
Research Article


In this study, a new type of composite material, namely modified biochar (MBC), was synthesized by loading the magnetic ferromanganese oxide nanoparticles on pine biochar. BET, SEM, and FTIR were employed to analyze the surface properties and pore structures of MBC. In addition, XRD was adopted to examine the crystal structure of MBC. Characterization results showed that the surface area and porosity of MBC have been greatly improved, and the functional groups have been introduced by ferromanganese oxides. Adsorption experiments of tetracycline hydrochloride (TC) including kinetics, isotherms, thermodynamics as well as the influence of pH, salt ion strength, and the environmental risk of MBC, were evaluated. The results revealed that the experimental data conformed to the pseudo-second-order kinetic model and the Freundlich isotherm model. In the adsorption process, MBC showed excellent adsorption ability (maximum capacity for TC 100.74 mg g−1) to BC (33.76 mg g−1). In isotherm experiments, the maximum adsorption capacity of TC by MBC reached 177.71 mg g−1. Toxicity studies showed that the MBC had no harm to the environment. To conclude, MBC has great potential for applications in removing TC from water.


Biochar modification Ferromanganese oxides Adsorption Tetracycline hydrochloride Toxicity 



This manuscript was improved by comments from three anonymous reviewers.

Funding information

This work is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51679082, 51479072).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Environmental Science and EngineeringHunan UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control (Hunan University)Ministry of EducationChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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