Negative cerium anomalies in manganese (hydr)oxide precipitates due to cerium oxidation in the presence of dissolved siderophores

Abstract : We present experimental results on the sorption behavior of rare earth elements and yttrium (REY) on precipitating manganese (hydr)oxide in the presence of the biogenic siderophore desferrioxamine B (DFOB). In marked contrast to inorganic systems, where preferential adsorption of HREY and depletion of LREY is commonly observed in manganese (hydr)oxide precipitates, sorption of REY in presence of the DFOB siderophore leads to HREY-depleted and LREY-enriched patterns in the precipitates. Moreover, our data indicate that surface oxidation of Ce(III) to Ce(IV) during sorption onto manganese (hydr)oxides and the resulting development of a positive Ce anomaly, which are commonly observed in inorganic experiments, are prevented in the presence of DFOB. Instead, Ce(III) is oxidized to Ce(IV) but associated with the dissolved desferrioxamine B which forms complexes with Ce(IV), that are at least twenty orders of magnitude more stable than those with Ce(III) and REY(III). The overall result is the formation of a positive Ce anomaly in the solution and a negative Ce anomaly in the Mn (hydr)oxides. The distribution of the strictly trivalent REY and Eu(III) between the manganese (hydr)oxide phase and the remaining ambient solution mimics the distribution of published stability constants for complexes of REY(III) with DFOB, i.e. the heavy REY form more stable complexes with the ligand and hence are better shielded from sorption than the LREY. Surface complexation modeling corroborates our experimental results. Negative Ce anomalies in Mn precipitates have been described from biogenic Mn oxides. Our results provide experimental evidence for the development of negative Ce anomalies in abiogenic Mn (hydr)oxide precipitates and show that the presence of the widespread siderophore desferrioxamine B during mineral precipitation results in HREY-depleted Mn (hydr)oxides with negative Ce anomalies.
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Dennis Kraemer, Nathalie Tepe, Olivier Pourret, Michael Bau. Negative cerium anomalies in manganese (hydr)oxide precipitates due to cerium oxidation in the presence of dissolved siderophores. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Elsevier, 2017, 196, pp.197-208. ⟨10.1016/j.gca.2016.09.018⟩. ⟨hal-02265545⟩

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