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Is the interaction between graphene oxide and minerals reversible?

Liu, Xia, Sun, Ju, Xu, Xuetao, Sheng, Guodong, Sun, Yubing, Huang, Yongshun, Alsaedi, Ahmed, Hayat, Tasawar, Li, Jiaxing
Environmental pollution 2019 v.249 pp. 785-793
Lewis acids, adsorption, desorption, electrostatic interactions, goethite, graphene oxide, hydrogen bonding, hysteresis, ionic strength, kaolinite, pH, risk, temperature
The increased applications and production of graphene oxide (GO) make the necessity to study information on the interaction of GO with minerals. In this work, adsorption and desorption were used to study the reversibility of interaction between GO and goethite/kaolinite. Result showed that the pH value, ionic strength, and temperature had significant effects on the adsorption and desorption behavior of GO. Interaction force was stronger between GO and goethite than that of kaolinite. The interaction may be attributed to the electrostatic, hydrogen-bonding, and Lewis acid base interactions. The irreversible interaction between GO and minerals may be a main mechanism for the observed desorption hysteresis. These results are important for evaluating the fate and health risk of GO in the environment.