An insight into aggregation kinetics of polystyrene nanoplastics interaction with metal cations

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Author(s)

  • Yucheng Zhang
  • Xiaotong Su
  • Nora F.Y. Tam
  • Xiaolan Lao
  • Meiling Zhong
  • And 5 others
  • Qihang Wu
  • Huifang Lei
  • Zihui Chen
  • Zhang Li
  • Jie Fu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5213-5217
Journal / PublicationChinese Chemical Letters
Volume33
Issue number12
Online published24 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Abstract

Once inevitably released into the aquatic environment, polystyrene nanoplastics (PS-NPs) will present complicated environmental behaviors, of which the aggregation is a key process determining their environmental fate and impact. In this study, the aggregation kinetics of different sizes (30 nm and 100 nm) of PS-NPs with metal cations (Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+ and Pb2+) at different solution pH (3, 6 and 8) were investigated. The results showed that the aggregation of PS-NPs increased with cation concentration. Taking Pb2+as an example, the adsorption behavior of cations onto PS-NPs was determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, which demonstrated Pb2+ could be adhered onto the surface of PS-NPs with the effect of charge neutralization. The critical coagulation concentrations (CCC) of smaller PS-NPs were higher than that of larger PS-NPs for monovalent cations, whereas a different pattern is observed for divalent cations. It was suggested that there were other factors that DLVO theory does not consider affect the stability of NPs with different particle sizes. In addition, it should be noted that PS-NPs had the capacity of adsorbing large amounts of heavy metal cations and carried them transport to a long distance, and the corresponding ecological risks need to further elucidate.

Research Area(s)

  • Aggregation kinetics, Critical coagulation concentration, Lead cation, Polystyrene nanoplastics, Size effect

Citation Format(s)

An insight into aggregation kinetics of polystyrene nanoplastics interaction with metal cations. / Zhang, Yucheng; Su, Xiaotong; Tam, Nora F.Y. et al.
In: Chinese Chemical Letters, Vol. 33, No. 12, 12.2022, p. 5213-5217.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review