Investigating adsorption mechanism and surface complex formation modeling for aqueous sulfadiazine bonding on Fe/Mn binary oxides

  • Jie Yu
  • Hongjie WangEmail author
  • Qinghua Ji
Research Article


In aquatic environment, the existence of antibiotics including sulfadiazine (SDZ) has gain a huge attention. It is suggested that hydrous metal oxides have large potential to remove contaminants in water. The SDZ removal capability by ferric and manganese binary oxides (FMBO) was investigated, and the SDZ removal performance was compared with the ferric hydroxide (HFO) and manganese dioxide (HMO). Our results showed that SDZ removal was highly pH-dependent, but pH has less effect on uptake of SDZ on FMBO than that of the other two adsorbents. The surface acidity constant of FMBO was first calculated to be 6.31 and 8.48, respectively. The uptake process was successfully fitted for according to surface complex formation models (SCFM) and the results of modern surface analytical methods, such as FTIR and XPS, were also consistent with the surface complex uptake mechanism. The uptake of SDZ by FMBO ascribed to specific chemical interaction between the aniline group of SDZ and the hydroxyl groups from FMBO.


Adsorption Sulfadiazine FMBO Surface complex formation models 


Funding information

This work was supported by the Major Science and Technology Program for Water Pollution Control and Treatment of China (2015ZX07204-002) and the National Natural Science Research Fund (No. 51278051).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Beijing Key Lab for Source Control Technology of Water PollutionBeijing Forestry UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Xiong’an Institute of Eco-EnvironmentHebei UniversityBaodingChina
  3. 3.Center for Water and Ecology, State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of EnvironmentTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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