Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 137–142 | Cite as

Biosorbents for recovery of metals from industrial solutions

  • N. Kuyucak
  • B. Volesky


Biosorbent materials are a potential alternative to conventional processes of metal recovery from industrial solutions. Algal biomass ofSargassum natans andAscophyllum nodosum outperformed ion exchange resins in sequestering respectively gold and cobalt from solutions. Non-living biomass ofSaccharomyces cerevisiae andRhizopus arrhizus exhibited higher metal-uptake capacity than the living biomass for the uptake of copper, zinc, cadmium, uranium. The solution pH affected the metal-uptake capacity of the biomass whereas the equilibrium biosorption isotherms were independent of the initial concentration of the metal in the solution. Desorption of the metal from the biosorbent and recycle of the biosorbent have also been demonstrated.


Biomass Zinc Cobalt Cadmium Uranium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Kuyucak
    • 1
  • B. Volesky
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemical Engineering Research Unit and BV Sorbex, Inc. Chemical Engineering DepartmentMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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