Adsorption of arsenic(V) onto single sheet iron oxide: X-ray absorption fine structure and surface complexation

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Zhou Yin, Johannes Lützenkirchen, Nicolas Finck, Noémie Celaries, Kathy Dardenne, Hans Chr Bruun Hansen

Adsorption onto two-dimensional nanosheet materials offers new possibilities for fast and efficient removal of contaminants from waters. Here, the adsorption of As(V) to a new type of iron oxides – single sheet iron oxide (SSI) – has been studied as a function of time, loading and pH. Adsorption of As(V) onto SSI was very fast compared to other iron oxides, with 80% of total As(V) adsorbed within 10 min. Examination by extended X-ray absorption fine structure analysis showed that As(V) forms a bidentate inner-sphere surface complex with SSI. Arsenic(V) adsorption isotherms and adsorption envelopes were well described using a 1-pK Basic Stern surface complexation model involving protonated ([tbnd]Fe2O2AsO2H) and unprotonated ([tbnd]Fe2O2AsO2 −2) inner-sphere surface complexes. The surface complexation constants for As(V) binding to SSI is similar to constants found for goethite and ferrihydrite. Simulated adsorption isotherms for intermediate As(V) concentrations also demonstrate that SSI is performing equally well as goethite and ferrihydrite based on surface area normalized adsorption capacities. The binding affinities at micromolar to submicromolar As(V) solution concentrations are similar for SSI and ferrihydrite. SSI has interesting potential as a stable, high-affinity sorbent for use in applications where efficient and fast removal is required.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Volume554
Pages (from-to)433-443
ISSN0021-9797
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2019

    Research areas

  • Arsenate, Basic stern model, Delamination, Single sheet iron oxide, Surface complexation

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