Effects of salinity and humic acid on the sorption of Hg on Fe and Mn hydroxides

Peng Liang, Yi Chun Li, Chan Zhang, Sheng Chun Wu, Hao Jie Cui, Shen Yu, Ming Hung WONG*

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of humic acid (HA) and salinity on adsorption of Hg on the amorphous and crystalline of iron and manganese hydroxides. The results show that the adsorption of Hg2+ on Fe and Mn hydroxides was inhibited in marine system due to the formation of stable, nonsorbing aqueous HgCl2 complexes in solution. Moreover, Cl- inhibited the Hg2+ adsorption more severely on amorphous than crystalline hydroxides. The addition of HA inhibited Hg2+ adsorption on Fe and Mn hydroxides in freshwater system might be attributed to the competition between Hg2+ and HA on adsorption to Fe and Mn hydroxides. In contrast, the addition of HA promoted Hg2+ adsorption on Fe and Mn hydroxides in the marine system, which might be due to the addition of humic acid resulted in the reaction between Cl- and HA, and therefore the reducing of Cl- promoted more Hg2+ on Fe and Mn hydroxides. In addition, the influence of HA on Hg2+ adsorption on Fe and Mn hydroxides are more visible for crystalline than amorphous hydroxides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-328
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume244-245
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adsorption
  • Chloride
  • Humic acid
  • Hydroxides
  • Mercury

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