• A. de la Pe˜na-Torres Universidad de Guanajuato
  • I. Cano-Rodr´ıguez1 Cano-Rodríguez Universidad de Guanajuato
  • A.F. Aguilera-Alvarado Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
  • Z. Gamiño-Arroyo Universidad de Guanajuato
  • F.I. Gómez-Castro Universidad de Guanajuato
  • M.P. Gutiérrez-Valtierra Universidad de Guanajuato
  • S. Soriano-Pérez Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Keywords: arsenic, mining tailings, adsorption-desorption, iron oxyhydrates


This work presents a study of arsenic adsorption kinetics and equilibrium on synthetic iron oxyhydrates and its extraction by bicarbonate solutions, as a model to explain the fast way for arsenic lixiviation from mining tailings by this mechanism. The arsenic adsorption on synthetic goethite and ferrihydrite showed a pseudo-first order kinetics, reaching the equilibrium in 6-7 days. The adsorption isotherms for arsenic on synthetic goethite and ferrihydrite carried out at different temperatures levels showed the same and maximum adsorption capacity of 15-18 mg/g, presented a best fit according to Langmuir Isotherm Model; 95% of arsenic adsorbed in these materials was extracted with bicarbonate solutions 0.5 M, pH 8.5 in 2 h. Approximately 25% of total arsenic present in the mine tailings was extracted by bicarbonate solutions in 6 h. The results suggest that in these tailings, there is an arsenic fraction bound to iron oxyhydrates that can be quickly lixiviated by bicarbonate solutions


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de la Pe˜na-TorresA., Cano-Rodríguez, I. C.-R., Aguilera-Alvarado, A., Gamiño-Arroyo, Z., Gómez-Castro, F., Gutiérrez-Valtierra, M., & Soriano-Pérez, S. (2020). ARSENIC ADSORPTION AND DESORPTION ON SYNTETIC IRON OXYHYDROXIDES AS STUDY MODEL TO EXPLAIN ONE OF THE MECHANISMS FOR ITS LIXIVIATION FROM MINING TAILINGS. Revista Mexicana De Ingeniería Química, 11(3), 495-503. Retrieved from
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