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

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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.

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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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Tao, Hy., Ge, H., Shi, J. et al. The characteristics of oestrone mobility in water and soil by the addition of Ca-biochar and Fe–Mn-biochar derived from Litchi chinensis Sonn.. Environ Geochem Health 42, 1601–1615 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10653-019-00477-2

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Keywords

  • Oestrone
  • Modified biochars
  • Adsorption
  • Advection–dispersion model