Spectroscopic Studies of the Interaction of Eu(III) with the Roots of Water Hyacinth
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- Kelley, C., Curtis, A.J., Uno, J.K. et al. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution (2000) 119: 171. doi:10.1023/A:1005198729927
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The water hyacinth is a plant currentlybeing used throughout the world, including siteswithin 1 km of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, for theremoval of toxic metals from water. We have recentlyshown that the roots of water hyacinth will removelarge quantities of Eu(III) from water. In this studywe were able to determine that carboxylic acids areresponsible for binding the intracellular proportionof Eu(III) in the roots of water hyacinth using thetechniques of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) andInfrared (IR) spectroscopies.