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Use of laterite as a sustainable catalyst for removal of fluoroquinolone antibiotics from contaminated water

Abstract : Although there is a growing interest in Fenton oxidation processes based on natural catalysts, the use of laterite soil to promote sequential adsorption/oxidation treatments of fluoroquinolone antibiotics has been scarcely investigated. In this work, the ability of an african laterite containing goethite and hematite to remove flumequine (FLU), used as a representative compound of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, was evaluated under dark and UVA irradiation. Batch experiments and liquid chromatography analyses showed that the presence of laterite can enhance FLU removal from heavily contaminated water through both sorption and oxidation reactions (up to 94% removal of 77 μmol L−1 of FLU and 72% of mineralization). The heterogeneous reaction rate is dominated by the rate of intrinsic surface chemical reactions including sorption and oxidation of FLU, and light-induced reduction of FeIII sites to produce FeII. Based on the probe and scavenging experiments, [rad]OH radicals were mainly involved in the heterogeneous oxidation reaction. The photo-assisted Fenton process showed a high efficiency of FLU removal even in the presence of a second fluoroquinolone antibiotic, norfloxacin (NOR), which can be co-found with FLU in affected environments. Determinations of kinetic rate constants and total organic carbon (TOC) for five sequential adsorption/oxidation cycles showed that laterite exhibited no deactivation of surface sites and an excellent catalytic stability. This cost-effective and environmentally friendly remediation technology may appear as a promising way for the removal of fluoroquinolone antibiotics from multi-contaminated waters. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
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M. Kamagaté, A.A. Assadi, T. Kone, S. Giraudet, L. Coulibaly, et al.. Use of laterite as a sustainable catalyst for removal of fluoroquinolone antibiotics from contaminated water. Chemosphere, Elsevier, 2018, 195, pp.847-853. ⟨10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.12.165⟩. ⟨hal-01695555⟩



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