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J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng. 2013;48(10):1272-9. doi: 10.1080/10934529.2013.776916.

Adsorption of As(III), As(V) and dimethylarsinic acid onto synthesized lepidocrocite.

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  • 1GRESE EA 4330, University of Limoges, Limoges, France.


The trapping of arsenic by zero valent iron is strongly dependant on iron by-products. Among these, lepidocrite has been scarcely studied. In this work, we studied the adsorption of two inorganic (As(III), As(V)) and one organic (dimethylarsinic acid, DMA) arsenic species onto lepidocrocite. pH influence was considered in the range 5 to 9, which corresponds to natural water pH. Langmuir model was used to simulate As adsorption isotherms. Our results showed that lepidocrocite offers high adsorption capacities: up to 0,25, 0,41 and 1 mol for As(V), DMA and As(III) could be respectively trapped per kilogram of zero-valent iron. pH influence varied from one arsenic species to another: increasing pH improve As(III) and DMA sorption whereas it has a very low effect on As(V) sorption.

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