The Pilot Plant Testing of the Continuous Extraction of Radionuclides Using Immobilized Biomass

  • Marios Tsezos
  • Ronald G. L. McCready
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 41)


Microbial biomass has been shown to be able to sequester a variety of metal ions from aquatic solutions. The selective extraction of metal ions from dilute complex solutions by microbial biomass has been termed biosorption. The biosorption of metals is characterized by high selectivity for certain metal ions which is exhibited equally well by live and dead cells. This high selectivity is also exhibited in very complex ionic matrices as for example in acid mine drainage or biological leachate solutions (1,2).


Microbial Biomass Acid Mine Drainage Pilot Plant Uranium Concentration Rhizopus Arrhizus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marios Tsezos
    • 1
  • Ronald G. L. McCready
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Biotechnology SectionCANMET, Energy Mines and Resources CanadaOttawaCanada

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