Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 7614–7626 | Cite as

Adsorption studies of 17β-estradiol from aqueous solution using a novel stabilized Fe–Mn binary oxide nanocomposite

  • Ming-yang Dai
  • Yun-guo LiuEmail author
  • Guang-ming Zeng
  • Shao-bo Liu
  • Qi-meng Ning
Research Article


The removal of 17β-estradiol (E2) from contaminated water on nanoscale Fe–Mn binary oxide-loaded multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs/FMBO) was evaluated in this work. The characterizations of the mesoporous adsorbent were analyzed by using SEM, TEM, VSM, XRD, XPS, and FTIR measurements. The effects of experimental conditions in E2 removal, including stabilizer additional level, adsorption time, initial E2 concentration, solution pH, reaction temperature, and foreign ions, were examined. The maximum monolayer adsorption capacity (qm) of MWCNTs/FMBO for E2 in the experiment was 47.25 mg/g as verified by the Langmuir sorption isotherm study. The adsorption process was pH-sensitive with an optimum pH of 7.0. On the kinetics study, the adsorption data could be satisfactorily fitted by the pseudo-second-order kinetics. Thermodynamic parameters indicated that the adsorption process was spontaneous and exothermal. In addition, the foreign ions did not show any noticeable inhibition for E2 removal from the water solution except for PO43− that was adversely affected for E2 uptake than other anions in a certain concentration. The adsorption capacities of the mesoporous adsorbent remained at 86.16% even after five adsorption–desorption cycles without significant loss of capacity, which demonstrated the stability and reusability for further removal of E2. Moreover, both hydrogen bond and π–π interaction might be the dominating adsorption mechanisms for E2 adsorption onto MWCNTs/FMBO.


Multiwalled carbon nanotubes Fe–Mn binary oxides Nanoparticles 17β-Estradiol Adsorption mechanism 


Funding information

This research was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51609268) and the Key Project of Technological Innovation in the Field of Social Development of Hunan Province, China (Grant Nos. 2016SK2010 and 2016SK2001).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming-yang Dai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yun-guo Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Guang-ming Zeng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shao-bo Liu
    • 3
  • Qi-meng Ning
    • 1
    • 2
  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
  3. 3.School of Metallurgy and EnvironmentCentral South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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