Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 479–482 | Cite as

The effect of pulse field strength on electric field stimulated biosorption of uranium by Kluyveromyces marxianus IMB3

  • M. Bustard
  • N. Donnellan
  • A. Rollan
  • L. McHale
  • A. P. McHale
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Summary

Improved biosorption of uranium by Kluyveromyces marxianus IMB3 biomass was achieved by increasing the electric field strength of delivered pulses from 1.25kV/cm to 2.5kV/cm. Although this had little or no effect on the maximum biosorption capacity (qmax), at low concentrations of uranium the amount bound to the biomass increased from 70 to 140mg uranium/g biomass. Significant increases in the maximum biosorption capacities (119–180 mg uranium/g biomass) were observed when the pulse field strength was increased from 2.5kV/cm to 3.25kV/cm.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Bustard
    • 1
  • N. Donnellan
    • 1
  • A. Rollan
    • 1
  • L. McHale
    • 1
  • A. P. McHale
    • 1
  1. 1.Biotechnology Research Group, School of Applied Biological and Chemical SciencesUniversity of UlsterColeraineIreland

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