Efficient and selective removal of uranium(VI) from aqueous solution by ethylenediamine- and amidoxime-decorated Aspergillus niger

  • L. Li
  • N. Hu
  • Z. Dai
  • H. Zhang
  • D. Ding
  • Wei Lu
Original Paper


The ethylenediamine-modified Aspergillus niger (EMAN) and amidoxime-modified A. niger (AMAN) had been successfully prepared and then characterized by means of FTIR and SEM–EDX. The selective adsorption features of raw A. niger (RAN), EMAN, and AMAN for UO22+ over other coexistent heavy metal ions, such as Fe3+, Pb2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, and Co2+ had been investigated in a multi-metal system and a binary system. At the optimum pH which was 5, the orders of selectivity biosorption of EMAN and AMAN in a multi-metal system were UO22+ ≫ Fe3+ > Pb2+ > Cu2+ > Zn2+ > Cd2+ > Co2+ and UO22+≫ Fe3+ > Cu2+ > Pb2+ > Zn2+ > Co2+ > Cd2+, respectively. In a binary system, Fe3+, Pb2+, and Cu2+ suppressed the biosorption capacity of EMAN and AMAN for U(VI), while there was very slight interference from Zn2+, Co2+, and Cd2+ with the biosorption for U(VI). From the selectivity coefficients in both multi-metal and binary system, EMAN and AMAN prefer to uranyl ion than other metal ions, which were much better than RAN. As expected, the results indicated that the modified A. niger could be the effective and selective biosorbent for uranyl ion.


Biosorption Aspergillus niger Uranium(VI) Selectivity 



This research was supported by the Key R&D Program of Hunan Province (2018SK2029),the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51704170 and 11405081), the Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province (2017JJ3276 and 2018JJ3423), the Department of Education of Hunan Province (17B226), and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation funded project (2017M612569).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. Hu
    • 2
  • Z. Dai
    • 2
  • H. Zhang
    • 2
  • D. Ding
    • 2
  • Wei Lu
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of South ChinaHengyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Discipline Laboratory for National Defense for Biotechnology in Uranium Mining and HydrometallurgyUniversity of South ChinaHengyangPeople’s Republic of China

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