Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 314, Issue 3, pp 1477–1485 | Cite as

A concise review on microbial remediation cells (MRCs) in soil and groundwater radionuclides remediation

  • Gurumurthy Dummi Mahadevan
  • Feng ZhaoEmail author


Currently, the existing microbial radionuclides transformations processes are not completely understood. Bacteria, however, solubilize radionuclides by direct enzymatic reduction, or indirectly by its metabolites and by facilitating electrochemical redox systems. Microbes exchange electrons from proteins, organelles, metabolites to metals and electrodes have strengthened the novel bioremediation methods. In contrast, MRCs based on this redox behavior has offered considerable value over traditional treatment because of growing renewable and conception of energy incentives methods. Moreover, MRCs provides a flexible platform that enables us to access integrated treatment process of generating power and for recovering valuable resources from the contaminated sites.


Microbial remediation cells Bioremediation Bioelectrodes Extracellular electron transfer 



This study is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21777155, 21322703 and 41471260), the National Key Scientific Instrument and Equipment Development Project (2013YQ17058508).

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Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflict of interest exists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CAS Key Laboratory of Urban Pollutant Conversion, Institute of Urban EnvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesXiamenChina

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