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Degradation of Adsorbed Bisphenol A by Soluble Mn(III)...

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Environmental Science & Technology
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13014 to 13023

Bisphenol A (BPA), a high production volume chemical and potential endocrine disruptor, is found to be associated with sediments and soils due to its hydrophobicity (log KOW of 3.42). We used superfine powdered activated carbon (SPAC) with a particle size of 1.38 ± 0.03 μm as a BPA sorbent and assessed degradation of BPA by oxidized manganese (Mn) species. SPAC strongly sorbed BPA, and desorption required organic solvents. No degradation of adsorbed BPA (278.7 ± 0.6 mg BPA g–1 SPAC) was observed with synthetic, solid α-MnO2 with a particle size of 15.41 ± 1.35 μm; however, 89% mass reduction occurred following the addition of 0.5 mM soluble Mn(III). Small-angle neutron scattering data suggested that both adsorption and degradation of BPA occurred in SPAC pores. The findings demonstrate that Mn(III) mediates oxidative transformation of dissolved and adsorbed BPA, the latter observation challenging the paradigm that contaminant desorption and diffusion out of pore structures are required steps for degradation. Soluble Mn(III) is abundant near oxic-anoxic interfaces, and the observation that adsorbed BPA is susceptible to degradation has implications for predicting, and possibly managing, the fate and longevity of BPA in environmental systems.