Potential application of a hydrotalcite-like compound for reduction of toxicity to aquatic organisms via rapid and efficient removal of hydrogen sulfide

Tian Yuan, Kazunori Hashimoto, Akira Tazaki, Masahiro Hasegawa, Fitri Kurniasari, Chihiro Ohta, Masayo Aoki, Nobutaka Ohgami, Masashi Kato

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Abstract

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is known to have wide ranging toxicities not only as a gas but also as dissolved forms in aquatic environments. The diversity of aquatic organisms can be severely affected by hydrogen sulfide at very low concentrations, indicating the urgent necessity to develop an efficient method for removal of hydrogen sulfide in water. In this study, the removal capacity for hydrogen sulfide of our originally developed hydrotalcite-like compound composed of magnesium and iron (MF-HT) was investigated and its potential application for reduction of toxicity to aquatic organisms was evaluated. The MF-HT experimentally showed a high adsorption capacity of 146.5 mg/g with a fast adsorption equilibrium time of 45 min, both of which are top-class compared with those of other adsorbents previously reported. In fact, removal of hydrogen sulfide (1.2–152.5 mg/L) at an average rate of >97.6% was achieved in groundwater samples (n = 16) by the MF-HT within 60 min. The toxicities of groundwater, indicated by inhibition rate for microalgae (primary producers) and immobilization rate for crustaceans (secondary consumers), were reduced by 96.1% and 82.5% in 2-fold and 4-fold diluted groundwater, respectively, after treatment with the MF-HT for 60 min. These results indicate that MF-HT has an excellent safety record for aquatic organisms. After clarifying the adsorption mechanism, excellent reusability of MF-HT was also confirmed after regeneration using 1 M Na2CO3 solution. Considering the efficacy, speed, safety and cost of MF-HT, it could be a novel promising material for solving the problem of hydrogen sulfide pollution in the hydrosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115861
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume321
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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