Sorption of oxytetracycline to iron oxides and iron oxide-rich soils.
ABSTRACT The sorption interactions of oxytetracycline with goethite, hematite, and two iron oxide-rich soils were investigated using batch sorption experiments. Oxytetracycline sorption coefficients for goethite and hematite increased with pH to maximum values at pH approximately 8. The sorption edge shape and desorption treatments were consistent with a surface complexation mechanism and could be described by the interaction of divalent anion species with the oxide surface. Oxytetracycline sorption to Georgeville and Orangeburg Ultisol soils decreased with pH. Chemical digestion treatments were used to deduce that soil sorption occurred by complexation to oxide coatings on clay and quartz grains. These results indicate that sorption models must consider the interaction of oxytetracycline, and other similar ionogenic compounds, with soil oxide components in addition to clays and organic matter when predicting sorption in whole soils.