The effect of inorganic anions and organic matter on mesotrione (Callisto®) removal from environmental waters

Daniela V. Šojić Merkulov, Marina J. Lazarević, Vesna N. Despotović, Nemanja D. Banić, Nina L. Finčur, Snežana P. Maletić, Biljana F Abramovic


Photocatalytic elimination of herbicide mesotrione from commercial formulation Callisto® in environmental and synthetic waters by means of heterogeneous advanced oxidation processes has been investigated. Activity of the commercial photocatalyst TiO2 Degussa P25 (TiO2) and ZnO in the degradation of mesotrione under UVA and simulated sunlight in doubly distilled, ground and river water was compared. Environmental waters as matrix lowered significantly the removal rate (by about 4, and 1.5 times for TiO2 and ZnO, respectively) under UVA irradiation. Besides, organic additives from Callisto® also reduced the mesotrione degradation rate. The effect of inorganic anions (, , and ) and humic acid (HA) which were identified as major species in ground and river water, was evaluated. It was found that  (pH ~4 and ~8) and  (pH ~8) using TiO2 mainly accelerated the degradation rate of mesotrione, while  have an opposite effect at pH ~4 and does not affect the degradation rate at pH ~8. However, HA mainly does not significantly affect the degradation rate of mesotrione at pH ~4 and ~8. Besides, almost all anions, as well as HA slightly inhibited the degradation rate of mesotrione in synthetic waters using ZnO.


herbicide; TiO2 Degussa P25; ZnO; photocatalytic degradation; matrix effect.

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